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Tonight’s League Cup tie will bring together two managers who were both at Nottingham Forest as players and for Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough it will be a first game against Burnley since our 3-0 win at Pride Park against Derby County in August 2013.

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Clough has been with Burton for a long time in two spells. He was player/manager and then manager there from  October 1998 to January 2009 when he followed in his dad’s footsteps and moved to Derby. He left Burton on the brink of the Football League which they  achieved that season under the guidance of Roy McFarland.

After Derby, Clough had a couple of years at Sheffield United before returning to Burton to replace Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in December 2015.

The two managers have a good relationship and Clough just yesterday spoke about the help he’d been given by Sean Dyche earlier this season when they didn’t make the best of starts following relegation.

Looking ahead to tonight’s game, the Burton boss said: “We went into Saturday (the postponed game at Barnsley) on a good run from our previous games and we do not want to lose any of that. With the game not being played at Barnsley, it means that we will play four consecutive home games – Sunderland, Burnley, Scunthorpe, Southend. That is good for the home form that we are in at the moment and we have to try to keep that run going against Burnley.”

He said of us: “They will come as confident as ever. One thing we thought when we saw the draw was that, with Sean Dyche, whatever team they play, whatever form they’re in, their attitude will be right. That doesn’t change and they will come here with renewed confidence.”

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In Dyche’s first full season at Burnley we reached the fourth round before becoming victims of Bobby Madley against West Ham and he is keen to get another run going. “I don’t think any team doesn’t look at winning a cup,” he said. “Every manager, including myself, goes out to win and so will my players.

“Everyone wants a piece of the Premier League across the country, so it is a powerful thing, but I remind everyone, when that whistle blows all that goes out of the window. You want to win a game, as simple as that. Players are that way inclined. They wouldn’t have got where they got without having that winning edge and that mentality and that belief that will make a difference.

“That’s how you play football and how you get where they’ve got to. It’s a game we will be taking deadly seriously. We’ve never done anything else. We want to win another game because it does breed confidence.”

 

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