Burton Albion manager Clough rues missed opportunities in Forest stalemate


Nigel Clough was disappointed not to come away with all three points after Burton Albion’s home draw against Nottingham Forest.

The Brewers manager felt his side did everything but score during the frustrating 0-0 draw at the Pirelli Stadium.

The main talking point of the game came for all the wrong reasons after Forest defender Eric Lichaj saw red for a reckless tackle on Martin Samuelson. Clough felt it was an opportunity missed for his side against 10 men.

“When you get the opportunity to play against 10 men for an hour. It was certainly a missed opportunity, but it’s been the same problem for us whether against 10 or 11 men, it’s that bit of quality in the final third,” said Clough.

“We created enough today, we just couldn’t score.

“Our last three performances since the Reading game have been brilliant, but we have only taken two points when we should have probably got six.”

Martin Samuelson was perhaps Burton’s brightest player against Forest, but Clough was quick to try and keep the Norwegian youngster grounded.

“He offers something different, it can be frustrating at times because he makes the wrong decision, but he can do things that no other player on our team can do, but he’s young and he’ll learn,” he said.

Darren Bent and Liam Boyce played together for the first time for Burton Albion in an attempt to get all three points for the home side.

Clough felt that the pair did well for considering the length they were both out for, meaning a lack of match sharpness.

The Brewers can take heart in the fact that fellow relegation strugglers Birmingham, Sunderland and Bolton all lost so if anything, it was a point gained for Clough’s side.

Attention now turns to Oakwell on Tuesday night, when Burton travel to Barnsley in another huge game for Albion.


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