BREAK RI­COH STRONG­HOLD

Beavon shines for the vis­i­tors

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Adam Dent

NIGEL Clough high­lighted this win as a sign of how far Bur­ton Al­bion have pro­gressed – and how far they could go.

The Brew­ers sent Coven­try to their first home league de­feat of the sea­son, and be­lieves it could send a strong mes­sage to rest of the teams in League One.

Clough saw his side score twice af­ter the break and end the game thor­oughly in con­trol.

He said:“Coven­try were prob­a­bly in the Premier League when I first started at Bur­ton so it is good to come here and win. It puts a marker down to the rest of the teams.

“It was im­por­tant to get the three points. We have Wal­sall snap­ping at our heels and they are all go­ing to be chas­ing us hard.We have to just look to our­selves and keep win­ning.

“It was a very good win for us. We weren’t par­tic­u­larly good in the first half but we are about what we showed in the se­cond.

“I thought we were ner­vous early on and we have had this prob­lem be­fore when we haven’t played for a while and it takes us time to get go­ing.

“But it was much bet­ter in the se­cond half. We scored two, hit the bar and re­stricted them to very few chances.We were well or­gan­ised, we got our foot in well and stopped crosses at im­por­tant times.We were very dis­ci­plined in all ar­eas.”

Clough was spot on with his as­sess­ment. He could have been de­liv­er­ing a come-back team talk at half time as Coven­try had had the best of the open­ing pe­riod.

James Mad­di­son, again watched by a host of topflight scouts, picked out a su­perb pass in the 20th minute to put Adam Arm­strong through but when the lit­tle striker crossed, Ja­cob Mur­phy could not con­nect.

Mad­di­son then saw a curl­ing free kick kept out by Jon McLaugh­lin in the 24th minute and the keeper came out on top again five min­utes later when Mad­di­son pulled the trig­ger. At the other end, Re­ice Charles-Cook had lit­tle to do in the home goal but when he was called into ac­tion in the 34th minute he did well to stop Tom Naylor’s 22-yard ef­fort clear.

The open­ing goal had as much to do with Coven­try’s fail­ings as it did his Bur­ton’s strengths.

There was lit­tle dan­ger when full­back Aaron Phillips tried to chest the ball back to Charles-Cook in the 49th minute.

But the young­ster got pre­cious lit­tle pur­chase on the ball and sim­ply pre­sented it to Calum Butcher who did not need a se­cond in­vi­ta­tion.

Stu­art Beavon, who had worked very hard on his own up front, then struck the bar with an an­gled shot, but even at that stage the home side looked beaten.

Beavon made sure of that in the 72nd minute. Mad­di­son lost the ball as Coven­try over-played deep in­side their own half and then debu­tant Peter Ra­m­age failed to cope with the high ball and Beavon made the most of the op­por­tu­nity.

Coven­try boss Mow­bray was equally ac­cu­rate with his as­sess­ment, but knows his side must bounce back.

He said:“I said at half time that the game may well be de­cided by a mis­take and we must make sure it was theirs. We knew full well how hard they would be to break down.

“Ul­ti­mately a mis­take cost us. We had talked about con­cen­tra­tion and if it had to be 0-0 then so be it.

“Our mis­take gave them a lift and we knew from that point it would be hard as we had talked about how of­ten when they score first they go on to win a game.

“We have to put it be­hind us quickly and get back to win­ning ways.

“They are top of the league be­cause they are very hard to beat. They make the game stuffy yet they look a threat on the break but we knew that and we have to ac­cept what hap­pened.

“This is the first time we have lost at home and only the se­cond de­feat in 18 matches, so we have to stay pos­i­tive.”

ON THEIR WAY: Calum Butcher chips the ball past Re­ice Charles-Cook to score the Brew­ers’ first

STAR MAN STU­ART BEAVON Bur­ton

Al­bion

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