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MANAGER'S VERDICT: FLEETWOOD TOWN

19 October 2019

NIGEL Clough felt that a lack of cutting edge was the difference in the Brewers’ 4-1 defeat to Fleetwood Town.

Despite a strong start to the match, Albion were beaten by a hat-trick from Paddy Madden and a strike from Ched Evans.

Oliver Sarkic had levelled the score before half-time, but Clough believes that being clinical in the right moments is what won Fleetwood the game.

He said: “It’s a terrible result. The performance was good at times, but forget about the performance because it is a terrible result.

“I just thought they were more clinical than us, they didn’t have any more chances than us, they didn’t have any more possession than us, but when the moment came, they hurt us.

“We dominated the first 20 minutes and failed to get a shot off, that was the difference between the two sides today.”

Liam Boyce started the game on the bench, with Lucas Akins starting the game up-front against Fleetwood.

Clough says that the Northern Ireland international dropped to the bench after picking up a knock in training, and will be in contention to face AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

He said: “He got a real bang on his ribs in training yesterday and couldn’t complete the session.

“He has also been travelling all over Europe with Northern Ireland, he played 70 minutes earlier this week, so he will be contention to start on Tuesday night.”

The Brewers now have back-to-back home games against AFC Wimbledon and Blackpool, and Clough wants the side to find a winning formula at the Pirelli Stadium.

He said: “We have two big home games now. The last two matches have been chalk and cheese, in terms of results.

“It’s funny, we watched the first 25 minutes against MK Dons, and we won that game 3-0 but we started that game nowhere near as well as we did today.

“We have got to try to play well at home now, and get the balance right between playing good football and picking up results.”

 


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