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CLOUGH FRUSTRATED BY TWO-WEEK WAIT FOR NEXT GAME

25 March 2019

WITH two weeks to go before the Brewers take on Barnsley Nigel Clough is frustrated that his confident team has an enforced break.

With the away game at Sunderland scheduled for March 30 postoned to April 9, the Brewers will be left watching the rest of League One play on Saturday.

The Albion manager said: “It is frustrating but it’s lovely to go into it on the back of two home wins and having scored eight goals. I think that has been coming for the majority of the season.”

The latest victory was a 5-2 win over Accrington Stanley.

Clough said: “That’s how we have tried to play for most of the season and in the first 30 minutes some of the one and two touch football was lovely. It has been that final ball that is all that has been missing.

“The first goal was a brilliant team effort as well that Scott Fraser finished very well. Quite often we have been taking too many passes and that time, 16 yards out, he got a shot off and it has gone in the bottom corner. What has been frustrating has been getting into those positions and not getting a shot off or getting a cross in.

“No team does it a 100 per cent of the time but we have needed to improve our ratio of finishing moves off and that’s what we have done in the last two games.”

The Brewers manager also praised Lucas Akins for again stepping up to convert from the penalty spot – twice.

He said: “He’s a confident penalty taker and he had a good all round game again.

“Lucas attracts opposition players to him who want to try and get the ball off him and that frees up space for others. We were trying to push forward in the last few minutes to get him a hat-trick as you don’t get many chances as a striker to get one. It would have been even better if he could have gone away with the matchball as well but we are delighted that he has become our record goalscorer in the Football League.


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