Woodrow chops down For­est

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Stephen Thirkill

NIGEL Clough feels Bur­ton Al­bion will need at least three more wins to avoid the rel­e­ga­tion trap­door.

Cauley Woodrow hit the only goal of a tight game as the Brew­ers beat Not­ting­ham For­est to make it six games with­out de­feat.

Al­bion re­main just three points above safety after Bris­tol City’s late vic­tory as things tighten up at the foot of the ta­ble.

And Clough, who re­jected an ap­proach to man­age his late fa­ther’s for­mer side in Jan­uary, said: “It’s a valu­able three points.

“We didn’t play well, but it’s an im­por­tant three points for us.

“We got the goal and de­fended as though our lives de­pended on it and that’s what got us the win.

“[John] Bray­ford was out­stand­ing and made a vi­tal tackle. It’s things like that that get us re­sults. He led from the front.

“The play­ers are rel­ish­ing the sit­u­a­tions where we are hold­ing on to leads, you can see the de­ter­mi­na­tion on their face not to con­cede.

“It’s get­ting tighter at the bot­tom. We are go­ing to need to get to 50 points and maybe more.

“There was a freak sea­son when Peterborough went down with more than 50 points re­cently so we have to guard against that.

“It would have been eas­ier if Bris­tol City had not got a late win­ner. We will keep tick­ing the games off and we are one game nearer safety.”

In­terim For­est boss Gary Brazil said his side must now fight hard to get out their rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight, having fallen be­hind Bur­ton into 19th – two points above the drop.

“There was not a lot in the game,” he said. “We showed naivety giv­ing pos­ses­sion away in our de­fen­sive third.

“That cost us the goal but be­yond that Bur­ton didn’t cre­ate much. It is caus­ing us prob­lems that we are not cre­at­ing many chances.

“It is not a good result, it is dis­ap­point­ing for us. We have to be realistic about things and have to ad­mit where we are.

“We have got to show char­ac­ter and come to­gether to get out of this sit­u­a­tion.

“We have the qual­ity as we showed against Brighton, but we are not con­sis­tent enough and we need to find it again.

“Too of­ten we are not cre­at­ing chances and we need to rem­edy that quickly.

“The strik­ers have got qual­ity and we do a lot of work in train­ing with them.

“We have got to show fight and now on match day and earn our money.”

Ben Br­ere­ton saw a shot saved by the legs of Jon McLaugh­lin be­fore Zach Clough had shouts for a penalty waved away on 16 min­utes.

But Woodrow fired the Brew­ers ahead with a bril­liant free-kick on 26 min­utes after Jack­son Irvine had been fouled.

It was nearly 2-0 mo­ments later when Lasse Vi­gen Christensen fired Luke Var­ney’s cut­back just over.

McLaugh­lin was out fast to smother Br­ere­ton’s ef­fort on 40 min­utes as For­est strug­gled to get go­ing.

David Vaughan beat his man and hit a low drive from 25 yards wide on 64 min­utes.

A minute later sub Matty Cash was stopped by a bril­liant John Bray­ford chal­lenge as he raced into the box in a pos­i­tive pe­riod for For­est.

McLaugh­lin got down well to hold an ef­fort from Br­ere­ton as the vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to push, but time even­tu­ally ran out.

PIC­TURES: Jon Hobley/ProS­ports

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