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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BLACKPOOL

16 March 2019

NIGEL Clough was delighted to see his team get back to winning ways at the Pirelli Stadium with a 3-0 win over Blackpool.

The Brewers boss said: "The performance wasn't greatly different to recent weeks but we put our chances away. That was the difference today.

"It was a good solid performance and a good three points at home. If we had scored at certain times in previous games it would have been a similar result to today."

The Brewers changed shape to get two up top and both the front runners (Lucas Akins and Liam Boyce) had a goal and an assist to show for their efforts.

Clough said: "We had not been getting much from wide positions despite having plenty of possession so we thought we would look at something else and we knew they would be strong down the middle. So first and foremost it was to benefit us but also to deal with any threat they have got.

"It was right for Liam Boyce to come back in as well having had his little rest. Our strikers haven't been scoring and making goals but today they both scored one and made one for each other which is a perfect partnership.

"Our defensive performance was as solid as ever and we kept Blackpool down to very few efforts and Brad Collins when he was needed was brilliant again. The save he made in the 94th minute wouldn't have affected the result, but 3-0 is so much better than 3-1, especially for him and the back four."

The Brewers now have two more home games in a row coming up and will prepare with some warm weather training.

Clough said: "We are having two or three days in Spain. The conditions the last week or so have been horrendous in training. The pitches at St George's are magnificent and they look after us brilliantly but you can't do anything about the wind. It has made it very difficult with the rain as well so we are getting away.

"It has all been arranged since beating Middlesbrough really as a little reward for the players for getting to the Carabao Cup semi-finals so there will be a little bit of rest but certainly a couple of good days training."


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