NIGEL Clough hailed a “a brilliant performance from start to finish” after his Brewers side scored late to beat a well-drilled Fleetwood team.
An 89th minute goal from Ryan Edwards sealed the points after Albion had had the bulk of the play and opportunities against a visiting team who only had two shots at goal in the 90 minutes.
Clough said: “We deserved it – no doubt about that. It’s one of the first times this season when we have got our rewards late in the game. Usually we have conceded late goals so it’s nice to have the feeling going our way for a change.
“It was a reward for perseverance and Ryan Edwards kept making those runs into the six-yard box and got on the end of one. How we haven’t scored one before that I’m not sure the amount of balls we had in and around the penalty area and going across the face of goal.
“It makes a big difference being 0-0 and going for the winner rather than chasing the game as we have been too many times this season. We stuck at it, got the winning goal and didn’t look like conceding at all in the second half.
“The quality of some of our play was very good and the only thing lacking at half-time was a goal. There was so much good build up play and crosses going in – but give them credit as they dealt with it a lot.
“We pinned back a very good team in Fleetwood and restricted them to only one or two opportunities by controlling the game. That’s a good template for us against certain teams.
“They hit us on the break here last year and up at there place so it’s nice to see everyone took on board what we were warning them about.”
The cross for the goal came from Liam Boyce and the manager confirmed that the club had rejected a bid for the Northern Ireland striker.
“It’s the same with everybody here that if a club comes in with the right offer then we look at it. That hasn’t changed in 20 years. We hav had a bit of interest generally and one bid we have rejected. That’s as far it has gone so far.
“We had interest in Scott Fraser as well but no firm bids yet, so we have to take that as it comes and see what happens but he’s down to play on Tuesday night. With the number of assists and goals he has got and the quality of his play this season if we were in The Championship, we would be looking at him.”