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CLOUGH SAYS LATE GOAL SHOULD NOT DAMPEN SPIRITS

18 September 2019

NIGEL Clough doesn’t want the late goal conceded at Portsmouth last night to dampen the spirits of his squad.

Albion were pegged back to 2-2 by a last gasp penalty but still stretched their unbeaten run to seven games despite being down to ten men for two thirds of the match.

Clough said: “The disappointment is only down to the timing of the goal. If they had equalised after an hour and we had got a 2-2 everyone would be euphoric that we had got a point after playing so long with ten men. The effort that has gone in and the way we played doesn’t change just because we have conceded a goal with seconds to go.

“The effort was fantastic, and Stephen Quinn typified it getting a foot in all over the pitch. They all had to dig in and do that.

“We have had to play more than 60 minutes with ten men away at Portsmouth and I think most people would have said that 2-2 was a magnificent result. It’s only the timing of the goal that makes it so harsh.”

The Brewers now travel to Tranmere on Saturday after two physically challenging games.

Clough said: “We have a few knocks and niggles and we have to be very careful with them.

“We will have to see how Jake Buxton is with his ribs and Scott Fraser with a sore ankle and dead leg. We will have a count up on Friday and see where we are.

“We have two important games on Saturday and Wednesday (against Bournemouth) and then we get a six-day break before the Leasing.com Trophy. We will do everything we can to get positive results from these next two and take it from there."


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