Nigel Clough stays 'realistic' after steering Burton into Carabao Cup semi-finals
Nigel Clough guided League One’s Burton into the last four in the Carabao Cup – maxbet
and then admitted he had not even checked when the semi-finals are. Clough’s side saw off Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium as Jake Hesketh fired them to victory with the game’s only goal, and then admitted it was “highly unlikely” that they would go any further as they prepare to lock horns with Premier League opposition over two legs next month.
Asked if they could make the final, the manager said: “Highly unlikely, when you look at the teams that are left in.“That’s just being realistic. It’s highly, highly unlikely, maxbet
to be in with the teams that are left in.“We are going to enjoy this one tonight for a couple of days before we got to Luton on Saturday for as hard a game as there will be this season, and then we are going to park it and look forward to it in the New Year whenever it is, the two-legger.
“We didn’t even bother looking. We are going to enjoy this one, certainly.”Clough, whose parents were born in Middlesbrough, was thrilled to have advanced in a competition his father Brian won four times.He said: “It’s always special when you come here, always, the association, without a doubt. My mum and my dad, both of them – they met here, married here, so it’s always special to come to the north east.
“Ninety-two clubs come into the competition and Burton Albion in the last four, it’s absolutely remarkable, remarkable.“We’ve beaten Villa, Forest, Burnley and now Middlesbrough to get to this stage. You always need a little bit of luck in any cup competition and maxbet
we got a bit tonight with a couple of chances that were missed.“But I thought we earned it, I thought we deserved our luck tonight. I thought we played very, very well at times.”