Rovers are in need of lucky break, just like us, says Nigel
NIGEL Clough says Bristol Rovers are waiting for a break to go their way in League One - just like his Burton Albion side.
The two teams are separated by a single point in the bottom half of the table ahead of their meeting at the Pirelli Stadium today (3pm), with the Pirates inside the relegation zone after 12 games.
Darrell Clarke’s team have won only two of their League games so far this season.
Similarly to the Brewers, they have failed to capitalise on their chances, too, having scored nine goals in their League fixtures.
But Clough says Rovers’ early-season form will not continue if they start getting the rub of the green.
“They just need a break - they’re a good team, a good squad and a good manager,” said the Brewers boss.
“So they just need a break, like a lot of teams.
“I was talking to somebody before the Checkatrade Trophy game at Port Vale and good fortune plays such a part.
“You get a break here or there in a game - we feel as though we are getting punished for mistakes.
“Kyle McFadzean made another one on Saturday, giving the penalty away which changed the game.
“Then you sit down on Sunday for Liverpool v Manchester City and you watch a £75m defender do the same, he gives a penalty away with a needless challenge with five minutes to go, then a £60m player misses the target from 12 yards.
“They all do the same at the highest level. The most expensive defender in the world gave a penalty away when he didn’t need to make the challenge but he got away with it.
“We are not getting away with one thing at the moment.”
Clough has given similar assessments of his side’s recent defeats to Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers in the League, as well as Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy loss at Port Vale.
The Albion manager has spoken about his team failing to capitalise on long periods of dominance in the final third, before succumbing to mistakes at the other end.
But he insists he would be more concerned if the Brewers were not getting on top as they have done.
“You have to keep getting in there,” he added.
“As a goalscorer, as a striker, you have to keep getting in there.
“We would get more worried if we stopped creating the chances.
“If we stopped playing to the standard that we are playing to at the moment, that would be more of a concern.
“But keep doing the right things, keep believing it will turn around. It will, as long as the players keep doing that.
“Liam Boyce missed three or four chances on Saturday. He hasn’t done that, he’s scored seven goals.
“He should have double figures but he’s got to put one of those chances away.” Nigel Clough
You get a break here or there in a game - we feel as though we are getting punished for mistakes