DUFFY DOU­BLE DOES DAM­AGE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Kirkby

BUR­TON Al­bion passed the 70-point mark with vic­tory over Fleet­wood but man­ager Nigel Clough was left to lament the lack of a more con­vinc­ing score­line.

The League One lead­ers re­turned to win­ning ways in com­fort­able fash­ion, as they con­trolled the game from start to fin­ish, with man-of-the-match Mark Duffy scor­ing twice, ei­ther side of Wes Burns’ equaliser for the Cod Army.

Al­bion’s task was a lit­tle eas­ier af­ter Bobby Grant was dis­missed in the 67th minute, just 60 sec­onds af­ter com­ing off the bench, for kick­ing out at Lu­cas Akins.

“We set off on the front foot and we didn’t al­low Fleet­wood to set­tle into the game,” said Clough.

“This is how we want to play at home. It was im­por­tant that we got through the ten-minute pe­riod af­ter they equalised and we con­tin­ued to cre­ate chances. On an­other day, we could have won by a three or four-goal mar­gin.

“Our per­for­mance war­ranted a larger vic­tory. Ear­lier in the sea­son, we would have scored more goals, but when you are down to the fi­nal ten games, ev­ery­one is a lit­tle bit nervier. The im­por­tant thing is that we se­cured all three points.

“It is an­other game ticked off; we are de­lighted that we have passed the 70 point mark.We are in a rea­son­able po­si­tion but we still have lots of work to do be­fore the end of the sea­son.”

Bur­ton, who had a score to set­tle with the Cod Army af­ter los­ing 4-0 at High­bury ear­lier in the sea­son, flew out of the blocks and their pres­sure paid in the 26th minute.

Full-back Damien McCrory de­liv­ered a cross from the left chan­nel to Duffy, who clev­erly dropped a shoul­der to open up space and whis­tle a right-footed ef­fort be­yond Chris Maxwell.

At half-time, Town man­ager Steven Press­ley in­tro­duced Burns off the bench, and the Welsh­man made an im­me­di­ate im­pact, tuck­ing home two min­utes af­ter the restart.

But Bur­ton were re­silient and de­ter­mined to rec­tify Tues­day’s loss at Brad­ford City, and Duffy scored a won­der­ful in­di­vid­ual ef­fort, leav­ing Maxwell help­less with a curl­ing ef­fort from 25 yards just be­fore the hour mark.

Fleet­wood’s af­ter­noon got even more frus­trat­ing as Grant was shown a straight red card and Press­ley gave an hon­est as­sess- ment of his team’s per­for­mance.

“We weren’t good enough,” he said. “That was the first time I can come away from a game and hon­estly say that we didn’t de­serve any­thing.

“They started more ag­gres­sively and were bet­ter in all aspects of the game, and the one thing I said be­fore com­ing here is that they’ll ask ques­tions of us.

“They do that and they do that to great ef­fect. We didn’t an­swer those ques­tions in pos­i­tive fash­ion so over­all it was the right re­sult. We de­served to lose the game.

“We were out­fought on 50/50 mo­ments and I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed. We’ve set stan­dards and I want a re­sponse on Tues­day night against Wal­sall.”

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