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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PETERBOROUGH VS BREWERS

4 May 2019

NIGEL Clough says that Burton Albion’s loss to Peterborough sums up their season, as the Brewers failed to capitalise on periods of dominance.

Despite starting strongly, Albion fell two goals behind before half-time, with both coming from low balls across the six-yard box. 

Clough was frustrated by seeing the side fall behind to a Peterborough side hoping to break into the play-offs, which they failed to do after Doncaster Rovers beat Coventry City, especially after the Brewers got into so many good positions.

He said: “It probably sums up part of our season in some ways. In the first 15 minutes or so, we could have been two or three ahead and then, the first real attack that we face, they score a goal that is too easy. You end up 1-0 down, and then two soon afterwards. It is difficult to get back in the game after that.

“They were hoping for a result to go in their favour, so it was a little bit of a strange one. We were trying to get back into the game, which we did at 2-1. I thought that some of our finishing wasn’t too good today, the amount of situations that got into and didn’t make anything of, I thought that was the difference.:”

Alex Bradley became the hundredth Burton Albion player to score in the EFL when he netted his first for the club in the 85th minute.  The midfielder had come on at half-time and impressed during his cameo appearance.

Clough says that the Brewers have been impressed with Bradley and hopes to bring the West Brom loanee into the side for next season.

He said: “We are delighted for Alex Bradley to get his first goal, he was a bright spark when he came on. It is nice, especially when it is your first one, to be the hundredth scorer. He has been patient this season, he’s come on in games and had a little bit of game time. He is one that we are hopeful of having around next season.

“(Today) won’t make or break it, but I think that he has shown that he is good enough to be part of our squad next season, even if it is coming off the bench as an impact player like he did today.”


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