Burton chief Nigel Clough casts admiring glances at Norwich City’s riches

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough would love Alex Neil's selection dilemmas. Picture by Paul Cheste

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough would love Alex Neil's selection dilemmas. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Nigel Clough cast envious glances at Norwich City's deep resources which helped sink his newly-promoted Burton at Carrow Road.

The Brewers have a long list of casualties, which now includes Chris O'Grady, who suffered a calf injury in the warm-up, and John Brayford, who was substituted with a groin injury.

Alex Neil made 10 changes from the midweek EFL Cup win at Everton as the Canaries eased to a fourth consecutive Championship win.

'We are not in a position to be able to put out a completely different team during the week, rest 10 players, then put a new team out with some of the other lads not even on the bench,' said Clough. 'Norwich did that and it must be a lovely position to be in, to go up to Everton with a fresh team and get a result and then do the same here. Injuries are part of football, unfortunately. We lost Ben Turner on Wednesday and we thought we'd have him, Lucas Akins, John Mousinho and Chris O'Grady back. In the end, we only finish up with two of those. It's pretty much one step forward and two steps back at the moment.'

Clough was seething at the manner his side conceded the Norwich's opening two goals.

'The first goal was poor to concede, but the second goal you're back in the game then when you concede straight away it gives you no chance to unsettle Norwich,' he said. 'It is a complete fluke, in terms of the deflection, but if you can't get the ball back that is what can happen. To get an equaliser a minute after half-time and then go and concede within a minute is very poor under any circumstances. It's a 'nearly' one again. We've had it most of this season – it was nearly at Forest, it was nearly against Bristol City.

'But we are Burton Albion playing against a team that were in the Premier League five months ago, so to get that close to them and to create as many chances and situations as we did, I suppose that's a good thing from our point of view.'