Burton: Burton boss Nigel Clough hails response against Norwich

The Brewers bounced back from a 5-0 drubbing at Leeds on Saturday in impressive fashion and their manager said it was an important result for the club.

“Leeds are a good side and played well on the day but the 5-0 defeat hurt us all,” he said. “We needed a response and we got it, The players showed tremendous character to come to a difficult place like this and pick up a point.

“It’s our first clean sheet, our first away point and gives us something to build on.

“I thought we defended really well and although Steve Bywater made one really good save when their lad was put clean through I can’t remember him having too much to do.

“For us to play a side like Norwich and come away with something we need all 11, in fact all 14 players to put in a shift and work incredibly hard and that is what happened tonight.

“My only disappointment is that we didn’t take one of the two very good chances we created, Had one gone in that would have given us something extra to hold onto and I could have been sat here talking about a 1-0 win. Scoring goals is obviously the next target for us – but I will certainly settle for this result.”

A disappointing game only really came to life at the very end of the first half, with Nelson Oliveira and Mario Vrancic both failing to convert presentable chances when the ball fell kindly to them in the box.

After the break it was almost completely one-way traffic, with Burton defending heroically at times to keep the hosts out. Twice in the space of five minutes Josh Murphy came close to breaking the deadlock, but he was thwarted by keeper Bywater when clean through and then diverted a deep Vrancic cross on to the post.

Burton’s best moment came after just nine minutes when Luke Murphy picked out Joe Mason with a superb through ball and it required a smart stop from a largely underworked Angus Gunn to keep the scores level.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke felt his side were punished for not starting the game at the right tempo.

“I thought we could have done much better in the first 25 minutes,” he said. “We started the game in sloppy fashion. We didn’t move the ball quickly enough and didn’t create anything offensively. We didn’t put any pressure on Burton and allowed them to get into the game.

“After that I thought we did much better. We created some brilliant chances and unfortunately we were not able to take any of them. It looked like we would score when Josh Murphy was put through but the goalkeeper made a good save.

“It is never easy against a side who come only to defend and try to take time out of the game, but obviously it is disappointing to take only one point. A positive is a second successive clean sheet, which is always pleasing, but this was a game we were looking to win.”

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