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Carabao Cup

Nigel Clough keen to celebrate Semi-Final achievement

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough is keen to celebrate getting to the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup rather than focusing on the result in the first leg against Manchester City.

10 January 2019

This is the first time in the club’s 69-year history that they have made it into the final four of the competition, and Clough acknowledges how big of an achievement that is for his side.

He said: “We will treat the second leg as we have done with this one, it isn’t about the scoreline, it is about Burton Albion getting to the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup.

“That’s why you have seen several thousand supporters here tonight because they know that we will never be here again, and that’s how big the achievement that is to us.

“They [City] had some of the best players in the world out there tonight, and when you give them the freedom and confidence to play, that’s what they give you.”

The Citizens ran out 9-0 winners on Wednesday night, giving Pep Guardiola’s side a commanding lead in the tie, and Clough says there was a gulf in class on the night.

He added: “I don’t think we did too much wrong, there were some defending errors here and there, especially for the first goal, but in terms of the quality on show, the gulf in class was too far for us to make up.

“You’re talking about Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal about bridging the gap between the top three, we’re half way down League One, so we have no chance.

“It is never nice losing nine-nil, I hate it, but with the quality they had on the field tonight, it was kind of expected.”

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