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MANAGER'S VERDICT: GILLINGHAM (HOME)

8 February 2020

NIGEL Clough was happy to settle for a point in the end after his team were reduced to ten-men against Gillingham.

Oliver Sarkic was sent off for two bookable offences and a game of few chances ended 0-0.

The Brewers manager said: “We were looking for three points coming into the game but because of the circumstances and taking everything into consideration, it was a good point and a good clean sheet.

“Considering we played the last 30 minutes with ten men, it’s not a bad result from that point of view.

“It was very difficult all round for us today, the conditions, the opposition, to get any sort of rhythm and play our usual game. It was dry, bobbly, windy and it made less than ideal for us. The few times we did get it down we created some chances and I thought we defended superbly to restrict them to so few chances, especially in the last 30 minutes.

“The two centre halves were outstanding and Kieran O’Hara when he was needed, and I thought we thoroughly deserved the point.

“But although they made it hard for us, when we did create situations they were good ones. The first time we got it down, John Brayford crossed it and we were inches away and then we hit the goalkeeper on the line right at the end.”

The key moment in the game was the sending off of Sarkic.

Clough said: “Oliver said he didn’t really catch him for the first or second one, but you understand why referees give them these days. The first one sounded like there was contact from where we were, I’m not sure about the second one so much. I think he’s a bit unlucky as there is certainly no malice in any of his challenges.

“We will miss him on Tuesday through suspension, but Nathan Broadhead is fit now so he is option and it was good to get Kieran Wallace back on the pitch.

“It’s only one defeat in the last seven league games now which is very good at this level even though there are a few draws in there and we will look to get a win now on Tuesday.”


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