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MANAGER'S VERDICT: OXFORD (HOME)

11 February 2020

NIGEL Clough was “hugely disappointed” with conceding an injury time goal that denied his side three points against Oxford.

Albion had twice taken the lead and looked to have secured a win, but Oxford snatched a 2-2 draw at the death.

The Brewers manager said: “After seeing the game out against Gillingham on Saturday with 10 men it was the complete opposite tonight. We had three opportunities to deal with the ball leading up to their late goal but failed to do it and then we end up with a draw instead of the three points in the bag.

“It was very unprofessional I thought, the way we finished the game. We needed to win our headers, clear the ball and do as we did on Saturday and do whatever you have to do in the last few minutes of the game to make sure you don’t concede a goal.

“Oxford are a very good side and in the first ten minutes both teams got the ball down, passed it around and tried to create chances. It was a completely different challenge to the one we had on Saturday. They are a confident side on the ball but when we got the second goal and took the game into added time that’s when you need the whole team to stand up and not make mistakes.”

Clough was delighted with both the goals Albion scored with Lucas Akins slotting home in the first half and Jamie Murphy scoring another special goal after the interval.

Clough said: “That’s where Lucas should be poking them in. Ryan Edwards’ energy was outstanding again tonight, and he made the goal with his closing down and good cross.

“There are very few players at this level who can do what Jamie does and to get three goals like he has done for us shows his quality. We saw at Rotherham that he can put it in the top corner and this one went in at the near post and it should have been enough not have got us the three points.

“There were some good things in the game again tonight, but if we keep wasting opportunities like this, then it’s frustrating and we have thrown too many points way - but we will go  again at Ipswich on Saturday and see what happens.”

 


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