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Nigel Clough calls for players who want to face 50,000 at St James Park

5 years ago

Last season Burton Albion had home crowds as low as 2,666 but in a remarkable season, Manager Nigel Clough won promotion to the Championship.

The club was only promoted into the Football League in 2009 and so to make it into the Championship only seven years later is remarkable.

In a recent newspaper poll by The Burton Mail, they asked fans which game they were looking forward to the most next season, this is how it looked when we checked the voting:

Now Nigel Clough has been interviewed about the forthcoming season and has picked out the game at St James Park for special mention.

Clough saying that he needs ‘people who aren’t going to be too intimidated’ when they play at ‘St James Park in front of 50,000-odd people’.

The Burton boss says he is sure his players will ‘take a couple of beatings’ during the season but it is then how they react to it that is most important.

Nigel Clough talking to the Burton Mail:

“You’ve got to defy the odds and get players in who want to do that.

“When we go to St James Park in front of 50,000-odd people we need people who aren’t going to be too intimidated by it. If we do take a couple of beatings, which no doubt we will, then we’ve got to bounce back from them and we need the characters to do that.

“When Bournemouth got into the Championship, they did all right in their first game and then got beaten by five or six. They bounced back and went on to get promoted. We’re going to need that bouncebackability at times and as much as we might get beaten at times, we have to put that to one side.

“This is the next stage in terms of big occasions. With all due respect to those teams, when you talk about Villa Park, St James Park, the iPro Stadium, the City Ground and Elland Road, you’re on a different level again and we’ve got to be able to handle that.”


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