Nigel Clough was full of praise for his team after their display against Newcastle but claims they were cheated out of a share of the spoils.
In the final seconds of injury time, the Burton boss says there was a clear penalty decision the referee didn’t give, which could and should have given them a deserved point.
Despite what he felt was harsh treatment from the officials, Nigel Clough was also philosophical about the match overall, saying “We don’t see it as points dropped as we don’t expect to get anything from the Newcastles of this world, so we see it as a boost having seen this level of performance’.
Burton had more possession, more shots and more corners, so you can see where Clough is coming from, especially when it was a similar story when they played well against Huddersfield in midweek but lost 1-0.
Whilst it was two great finishes by Diame and Gayle, Nigel Clough did take to task his defenders for allowing them the opportunity to score them, believing his keeper had little to do otherwise.
“It wasn’t just about effort today but also the quality of the performance as well.
“We set up in a certain way today and we wanted to get the ball forward. We played some good football, especially the goal we scored, which was a lovely move and there was more like that throughout the game as well.
“We don’t see it as points dropped as we don’t expect to get anything from the Newcastles of this world, so we see it as a boost having seen the level of performance.
“That’s two great performances today and Tuesday against Huddersfield – to get nothing from those two games is very harsh on the players.
“Their goals – it was two errors leading up to them.
“Damien McCrory has been great since he came back in but was done for the second one and John Mousinho should have done better for the first one.
“It’s just being punished for those two little errors that’s been the difference really. If you look at it, Jon McLaughlin hasn’t had a lot to do.
“We also had a clear penalty on John Brayford in the 94th minute – he has been hauled to the ground and they are the sort we have had given against us this season.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Burton 1 Newcastle 2
Burton: Dyer 20
Newcastle: Gayle 15, Diame 34
Possession was Burton 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Burton 15 Newcastle 9
Shots on target were Burton 3 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burton 7 Newcastle 5
Newcastle starting 11:
Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie (Gouffran 85), Atsu, Diame, Gayle
Sels, Mbemba, Mitrovic, Lazaar, Anita, Perez
Referee: Lee Probert
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