ON THIS FORM ALBION CAN BEAT THE DROP

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND -

ON this ev­i­dence, Nigel Clough’s Bur­ton Albion cer­tainly have the spirit to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­onship and an im­me­di­ate re­turn to League One.

Clough will con­cede that his side were sec­ond best dur­ing the first half and were per­haps a touch for­tu­nate to have gone in only one goal down.

How­ever, the sec­ond­half fight­back that en­sued will pro­vide Brew­ers fans with much­needed op­ti­mism. A change in for­tunes and per­haps we could have been look­ing at a dif­fer­ent out­come.

Wat­ford were made to work for their vic­tory in the end with their Premier League su­pe­ri­or­ity even­tu­ally telling.

Two clin­i­cally taken goals were enough to seal the win with Jerome Sin­clair cap­ping a fine in­di­vid­ual dis­play with a su­perb sec­ond 12 min­utes from time.

Chris­tian Kabasele’s opener seemed to set­tle any early nerves around Vicarage Road, but Bur­ton can be proud of their valiant ef­fort.

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