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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SOUTHEND UNITED (A)

22 February 2020

NIGEL Clough was delighted with how Burton Albion dealt with difficult conditions and stuck to their gameplan during their 3-2 victory over Southend.

Goals from Lucas Akins, Ryan Edwards and Jamie Murphy helped the Brewers to a first win in seven at Roots Hall, despite a goal from the hosts in either half.

Clough was pleased with the victory, but felt the visitors deserved to win by a greater margin.

He said: “I thought we deserved the victory today, we are just a bit frustrated that they got so close because our play was good enough for more than a one goal win.

“There wasn’t much of a bombardment, apart from the final few minutes with some long throws and things. Conditions made it very difficult today, but I thought that we got the ball down and played well.

“I think we were comfortable in the first-half, but we allowed them back into the game.”

Albion lined-up in a new shape at Roots Hall, with three central defenders, two wing backs and three midfielders behind a front two of Oliver Sarkic and Muphy.

Clough said that the system suited the players picked well, and praised the energy of Murphy, who picked up his fifth goal in seven appearances.

He said: “We’ve done a little bit of work on (the new shape) this week, and it seemed to fit the personnel we wanted to play today.

“Brayford, John-Joe and Shaughnessy, that’s three centre-halves, Lucas and Colin are perfect wing-backs. Then we have the three in midfield and that gives us two strikers up top.

“I thought Jamie Murphy’s movement was excellent today, and having that bit of help up there helped us to create more.”


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