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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BOLTON (HOME)

10 March 2020

NIGEL Clough was disappointed that defensive errors again held his side back as they drew 2-2 with Bolton at the Pirelli Stadium.

Albion twice had to come from behind with Jamie Murphy scoring his sixth and seventh goals in a Brewers shirt and could have won it with a last-ditch effort from Scott Fraser but had to settle for a point.

The Brewers manager said: “We made defensive errors, conceded two goals and that’s what has ultimately stopped us winning the game.

“We got plenty of effort again in a good, open game – perhaps a bit too open at times.

“We have gone behind twice at home, come back by scoring two good goals which is 50 for the season. That’s not bad going but unfortunately, we have conceded 50 as well and that’s the problem.

“We had a lot of good situations again and Scott Fraser’s effort was going in the 89th minute until it was deflected wide.

“But Bolton are more than capable and one of our ex-players Luke Murphy was as good as anyone on the pitch. Bolton are competitive and battling in every game and didn’t make it easy for us.”

Defender Reece Hutchinson made two important contributions, setting up Murphy’s second and then making a goal-line clearance to deny Bolton.

Clough said: “Reece struggled on Saturday and did again at times tonight but he pops up and makes the equalising goal and we want to give the young lads some game time between now and the end of the season so they can get over those rough times they have and get them used to it. Reece has made a goal tonight and stopped one on the line as well and they are the highlights of the evening. He just has to improve on his all-round consistency.”

Ben Fox was on the bench tonight after coming back from an ACL injury.

Clough said: “It was very heartening to have Ben back on the bench tonight and we have a friendly tomorrow that’s arranged primarily for him and Callum Hawkins who have both had no game time. It has been a long eight months for Ben and it’s great to see him back training and will be lovely to see him in a game tomorrow. He needs a few under his built but to be back before the end of the season will give him a big boost.”


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