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CLOUGH LOOKS FOR HOME COMFORTS AFTER LINCOLN DEFEAT

9 March 2020

NIGEL Clough says that two home games this week gives his team the chance to get over the disappointment of losing to Lincoln City.

The Brewers went down 3-2 on Saturday but now have Bolton tomorrow and Wycombe on Saturday to play at the Pirelli Stadium

The Albion manager said: “The biggest problem will be lifting players after the disappointment against Lincoln. We will do our best and Lincoln were the last team to beat us here back in December so we haven’t lost at home for a good while. There have been too many draws, but it would be nice to get a couple of wins now.”

The Brewers beat Bolton on New Year’s Day 4-3.

Clough said: “It could have been the same at Lincoln on Saturday because there were so many chances.

“Bolton are more than capable when you look at the squad but have been demoralised by the situation. What Keith Hill and David Flitcroft have done is keep them competitive in every game despite that which is a great testament to them in very testing circumstances.”

Hit by financial problems and a points deduction Bolton have been odds on for relegation all season.

Clough said: “It’s sad for the club and the supporters. But it just shows that there are so many clubs out there who are struggling for one reason or another. Relegation hurt us and hit us very hard and every club has to deal with that at some point – Bolton just didn’t do it very well. They were used to the Premier League and the money but, even then, they were in debt.”

The Brewers are still struggling with injuries to defenders.

Clough said: “Richard Nartey has no chance but will be back this week from Chelsea. Conor Shaughnessy is improving but stood very little chance on Saturday and we certainly missed him.”

Albion will also be without Kieran O’Hara who started a six-game suspension at Lincoln City.

Clough said: “We will be having a sit down and a chat with him on Monday morning. It’s hit him pretty hard and it will do when you get a six-game suspension. He needs to get his head down and think about it. He’s an international goalkeeper and just a young player who has made a mistake and we will support him the best we can, and I think his parent club will as well.

“We have a great relationship with Les Parry who looks after the Manchester United loan players so we will have a chat with him and talk about the best way forward for Kieran as he is their payer so ultimately it will be more their decision than ours but the common denominator will be to have Kieran’s best interests at heart.”


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