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MANAGER'S VERDICT: AFC WIMBLEDON (AWAY)

28 January 2020

NIGEL Clough was disappointed his Brewers team were pegged back twice by Wimbledon and had to settle for a point in the end.

Goals from Joe Powell and Jamie Murphy weren’t enough to secure three points as the home side came back twice to earn a 2-2 draw.

The Brewers manager said: “We are a bit disappointed as we were in the lead twice. In the first half we were very good and played well and scored a good early goal but unfortunately let them back into it by not getting tight enough.

“We got back in the lead a little bit fortunately the way it came to Jamie, but it was a very good header. I thought from there we should have gone on and done more to get a third goal as we know in the second half things can change.

“They were a little bit more direct, put us under pressure and from there we could have won it and could have lost it. We had a couple of good situations at the end, but it was one of those that could have gone either way.”

It looked like Kieran O’Hara may have handled outside his area after coming out to try and clear in the second half but Wimbledon’s protests went unheeded by the referee.

Clough said: “Kieran has come out of his box and misjudged one and he might have handled it, but the ref has given a corner so maybe we got away with one there.”

Clough was pleased though to see two new signings on the scoresheet.

“It’s Joe Powell’s first start and it was a good finish. Jamie Murphy’s movement in the first half was excellent and he deserved his goal. Already you see a step on from where he was on Saturday,

The Brewers had to start without skipper Jake Buxton ad midfielder Scott Fraser.

Clough said: “Scotty has lost five pounds in a few days with the illness he has had and couldn’t have done more than 20 minutes and Jake has been struggling with his hip but came on and saw out the last five minutes for us. Hopefully they will be fully fit for Saturday.”


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