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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BOLTON (AWAY)

1 January 2020

NIGEL Clough was delighted with four goals and three points on the road but wants more composure from his players.

Albion came from two down to win 4-3 at Bolton but were under pressure at the death from the home side who had lost Luke Murphy to a red card.

Clough said: “We are very pleased with the three points and every bit of the game outside of the first ten minutes and the last ten minutes as we could have lost the games easily in those two periods. Everything else was very composed, we scored four goals and it was a good away performance.

“We conceded two poor goals early on and then let them back in when they had ten men and had a few anxious moments which we shouldn’t have had in the last ten minutes. We should be seeing games out better than that.

“It was very important to get back in it so soon after going two down and it gave us a bit of belief. Even at 2-0 down we had played well enough apart from the defensive mistakes for there to be some encouragement there.”

After David Templeton pulled one back, Lucas Akins struck twice to give the Brewers a 3-2 interval lead with Liam Boyce making it four in the second half.

Clough said: “We couldn’t see Lucas at the  far post for his first goal but he stuck a leg out and somehow it went in. The two goals after that were both good strikers’ finishes, a half turn and a shot in the bottom corner.

“Everything tightened up after the break and it wasn’t so gung ho, and then came the sending off which seemed to revitalise them for a little period before we got our composure back and scored the fourth goal.

“But at 4-3 we have to show more composure in our play. You can understand from the young lads like Reece Hutchinson who should be keeping the ball better in the last 10 minutes but even the more experienced players need to be calmer.”

Clough also gave an update on interest in Liam Boyce and Scott Fraser.

He said: “We have had interest from a few clubs in Liam leading up to the window opening. Him and Scott Fraser are the two and we are in the process of trying to sort out contract offers for them in the next few days and we will take it from there.

“We are mindful that both players can leave on a free in the summer. If they sign new deals, then brilliant, if they don’t, we will look at offers.

“We want to try and keep them if we can, but we know the limitations that we have in trying to do that.”


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