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MANAGER'S VERDICT: COVENTRY (HOME)

14 September 2019

NIGEL Clough said the pulsating 0-0 draw between the Brewers and Coventry was a great advert for League One football.

“It was a brilliant game and I know people say you have to have goals in games but that was as good a 0-0 as you are likely to see. The quality of play from both sides was excellent.”

The draw extended the Brewers unbeaten run to six games but they might have won it when a free kick hit the inside of the post.

Clough said: “We thought Nathan Broadhead’s effort was in – it was half an inch or something like that and even the rebound we didn’t quite get the break on it. They hit the post as well.

“It was even in terms of chances although I thought we had the better possession. Overall, I was very, very pleased with the performance against the team who are top of the league. We were just lacking that one bit of quality that could have won us the game.

“We told them at half-time just to keep going and we started both halves well. People might say we haven’t won at home but it’s a good performance and a lot of good things out there from our point of view.

“Richard Nartey got his first start with Jake Buxton not being right with his ribs and it’s brilliant he can step in and play so well. That’s the strength of the squad. Joe Sbarra comes on and does well, David Templeton comes on and could win us the game. We need everyone fit and those options.”

The Brewers had to take both Liam Boyce and Scott Fraser off as the second half wore on.

Clough said: “It was a tight hamstring for Liam. He had a problem with it a couple of weeks ago here and we need to be a bit cautious with it. Scott Fraser, it was a dead leg.”


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