BREWERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Wragg

LEAGUE One lead­ers Bur­ton are back on TV to­mor­row night – and boss Nigel Clough is not look­ing for­ward to it.

Satur­day af­ter­noon’s TV au­di­ence wouldn’t have liked this draw with Old­ham and Clough ad­mit­ted he was deeply dis­ap­pointed.

Now Bur­ton are the stars of the show again at Millwall – and you know what they can do to prima don­nas.

Rel­e­ga­tion-wor­ried Old­ham con­trolled most of the game but didn’t have the goal-scor­ing power to hit Bur­ton where it hurt as they start to close in on pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.

“I’m very dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance and our en­ergy lev­els,” Clough said.

“It was nowhere near where we nor­mally are for some rea­son, but it’s still a good clean sheet and a good point in the cir­cum­stances.

“An­other point on the board. An­other one that some­body’s got to get to catch us.

“Millwall is still one of the most daunt­ing places to go. I think we will have a bit more en­ergy than we had here though.

“And we are on TV again. I’m not sure if that’s a good omen. We haven’t played well when we have been on.”

Bur­ton were slow to make an im­pact with Old­ham hav­ing sur­pris­ingly more ideas and con­fi­dence.

They took the game to the Brewers, look­ing at how they would deal with the grow­ing pres­sure of be­ing favourites for pro­mo­tion as the sea­son closes to its fi­nale.

Ini­tially it was all about how Bur­ton coped with Old­ham’s pos­ses­sion of the game. They were helped by the fact that al­though the Lat­ics looked com­pe­tent in their build up, the fin­ished prod­uct wasn’t there.

Bur­ton weren’t made to worry too much as free-kicks were hit high and crosses failed to find a tar­get as the Old­ham storm died.

The first re­ally dan­ger­ous mo­ment be­longed to Bur­ton in the 25th minute when Lu­cas Akins got through Old­ham’s de­fence, in­clud­ing leav­ing goal­keeper Joel Cole­man be­hind him, but saw his shot cleared from the line.

Lanky cen­tre-half Tom Flana­gan was the next to have a go nine min-

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