A Point Helps Neither - Burton v Bristol City
Following Saturday's clash between Burton Albion and Bristol City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Burton Albion hosted Bristol City at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday March 10, with both sides playing out a scoreless draw on the day.
The hosts had the better chances in the game with visiting keeper Frank Fielding making several fine saves and although Bristol City struggled to create chances, they will look at efforts from Jamie Paterson and Marlon Pack where both will feel they should've done better with the opportunities that fell their way.
Burton remain second from bottom in the Championship table but are now three points from safety, whilst Bristol City miss the chance to close the gap on the Play Off spots as they remain in seventh place.
Bywater, Flanagan, Naylor, McFadzean, McCrory, Akins (Dyer 6), Murphy, Akpan, Sordell, Bent (Davenport 72), Boyce (Samuelsen 56).
Allen, Buxton, Campbell, Sbarra.
Fielding, Pisano, Wright, Baker (Magnusson 45), Kelly, Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Paterson (Diony 67), Diedhiou (Djuric 67), Reid.
Walsh, Steele, Eliasson, Kent.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Oliver Langford blew the final whistle, Burton manager Nigel Clough explained.
'If we had got the goals that we deserved in the first half then it would have been a different story. We had plenty of intent out there. We had two up top and had Marvin Sordell and Lucas Akins wide and they set the tone from the first minute of the game, running at the full-backs, and we made it very uncomfortable for Bristol City in the first half. We can't do much more. We are putting balls into the box and apart from somebody just finishing one off - Liam Boyce has got too good a connection on his chance and its ended up in Frank Fielding's hands and he was more surprised than anybody.'
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson in his comparative interview explained.
'Burton are punching above their weight and probably so are we. I suppose it was a fair result. In the first half Burton were the better side and in the second half we were better. The pitch wasn't conducive to slick play, but it's the same for both teams and I thought in the first half we were poor and looked leggy and didn't have our normal zip. We have done a lot of travelling this week. What do people expect? Burton are fighting for their lives and have a good spirit among their squad and they have plenty of experience'