Rovers in need of a lucky break, just like us, says Nigel

CLOUGH HOP­ING TO SEE AL­BION END THEIR FRUS­TRAT­ING FORM

Derby Telegraph - - SPORT - By JOSHUA MUR­RAY joshua.mur­ray@reach­plc.com @JoshuaMur­rayBM

NIGEL Clough says Bris­tol Rovers are wait­ing for a break to go their way in League One - just like his Bur­ton Al­bion side.

The two teams are sep­a­rated by a sin­gle point in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble ahead of their meet­ing at the Pirelli Sta­dium to­day (3pm), with the Pi­rates in­side the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter 12 games.

Dar­rell Clarke’s team have won only two of their League games so far this sea­son.

Sim­i­larly to the Brewers, they have failed to cap­i­talise on their chances, too, hav­ing scored nine goals in their League fix­tures.

But Clough says Rovers’ early-sea­son form will not con­tinue if they start get­ting the rub of the green.

“They just need a break - they’re a good team, a good squad and a good man­ager,” said the Brewers boss.

“So they just need a break, like a lot of teams.

“I was talk­ing to some­body be­fore the Check­a­trade Tro­phy game at Port Vale and good for­tune plays such a part.

“You get a break here or there in a game we feel as though we are get­ting pun­ished for mis­takes.

“Kyle McFadzean made an­other one on Satur­day, giv­ing the penalty away which changed the game.

“Then you sit down on Sun­day for Liver­pool v Manch­ester City and you watch a £75m de­fender do the same, he gives a penalty away with a need­less chal­lenge with five min­utes to go, then a £60m player misses the tar­get from 12 yards.

“They all do the same at the high­est level. The most ex­pen­sive de­fender in the world gave a penalty away when he didn’t need to make the chal­lenge but he got away with it.

“We are not get­ting away with one thing at the mo­ment.”

Clough has given sim­i­lar as­sess­ments of his side’s re­cent de­feats to Southend United and Wy­combe Wan­der­ers in the League, as well as Tues­day’s Check­a­trade Tro­phy loss at Port Vale.

The Al­bion man­ager has spo­ken about his team fail­ing to cap­i­talise on long pe­ri­ods of dom­i­nance in the fi­nal third, be­fore suc­cumb­ing to mis­takes at the other end.

But he in­sists he would be more con­cerned if the Brewers were not get­ting on top as they have done.

“You have to keep get­ting in there,” he added.

“As a goalscorer, as a striker, you have to keep get­ting in there.

“We would get more wor­ried if we stopped cre­at­ing the chances.

“If we stopped play­ing to the stan­dard that we are play­ing to at the mo­ment, that would be more of a con­cern.

You get a break here or there in a game - we feel as though we are get­ting pun­ished for mis­takes Nigel Clough

“But keep do­ing the right things, keep be­liev­ing it will turn around. It will, as long as the play­ers keep do­ing that.

“Liam Boyce missed three or four chances on Satur­day. He hasn’t done that, he’s scored seven goals.

“He should have dou­ble fig­ures but he’s got to put one of those chances away.”

PIC: EPIC AC­TION IM­AGERY

The penalty given away by Kyle McFadzean against Wy­come Wan­der­ers was an ex­am­ple of how Bur­ton Al­bion have been pun­ished for ev­ery mis­take this sea­son.

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