News, views, and more ahead of tomorrow's visit to The Pirelli Stadium
Burton Albion vs Brentford
Saturday 18 March
The Pirelli Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
The Brewers continue to keep their heads above water in the their debut season at this level, heading into the final nine games of the season three points above the drop zone. Nigel Clough's side have spent just one week in the bottom three this season and fears of an instant return to League One have been eased in recent weeks with a six game unbeaten run. Burton have taken ten points from their last four home games including crucial wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City, and, most recently, Nottingham Forest. With trips to Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United, and Barnsley, as well as home games with Aston Villa, Leeds United, and Reading to come in their final eight games, Clough's side know there are plenty of tough challenges to come before the end of the season if they want to retain their second-tier status.
Nigel Clough was active in the January Transfer Window bringing in no less than six players. Marvin Sordell [Coventry City] and Luke Varney [Ipswich Town] arrived on permanent deals while Cauley Woodrow and Lasse Vigen Christensen [both Fulham], Luke Murphy [Leeds United], and Michael Kightly [Burnley] signed on loan. Both Sordell and Varney are major doubts for Saturday's game through injury leaving Clough with a potential loan headache with his seven loan players competing for five spots in the 18.
An accomplished striker in his playing days, Nigel Clough, son of legendary manager Brian, earned 14 England caps during a career that took in Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Burton Albion. Clough made his name under his father at Nottingham Forest where he helped The Reds to two League Cup titles and two Full Members Cup titles, scoring 131 goals during his time at The City Ground.
After retiring from professional football in 1998 Clough spent the next decade as player-manager and then manager of Burton taking them from the seventh tier of English football to the brink of the Football League before departing for Derby County in 2009. His four years at Derby saw steady improvement but he was unable to break into the Play-Offs. A poor start to the 2013-14 saw him sacked in September before he took charge at Sheffield United a month later. His exploits in leading The Blades away from the League One relegation zone and to an FA Cup semi-final saw him named the LMA FA Cup Manager of the Season. United repeated their cup heroics the following season with a run to the League Cup Semi-Final but it wasn't enough to stop Clough parting company with United at the end of the season. Clough returned to Burton in December 2015 and guided them to promotion six months later.
The Match Officials
Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistant Referees: Philip Dermott and James Mainwaring
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford
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