Burton boss: Millwall have had a 'brilliant' season

NIGEL Clough admitted his side “nicked the three points” when Burton defeated Millwall 1-0 at The Den in November.

After Jed Wallace had been controversially sent off for a tackle on Tom Flanagan, Marvin Sordell scored the winner in the 70th minute.

Millwall were 19th in the table after that result, four points above Burton.

But there are now 16 points between the sides as Millwall have almost guaranteed their place in the Championship for next season, while Burton battle to beat the drop after two seasons in the second tier.

Clough is wary of Millwall’s front two, Steve Morison and Lee Gregory, and praised Saturday’s opponents for their honesty.

““They are as confident as any team in the league. They are a very good team who play to their strengths,” Clough told Burton’s official website.

“What a brilliant first season they have had in the Championship and they are just about safe now, which says a lot about how well they have done.

“They have one of the most dangerous forward lines in the league. They are capable of scoring goals and you have to deal with that threat first. They are uncompromising, full of running and they are very honest and very difficult to play against.

“Nobody enjoys going down to Millwall and that’s an advantage they make the most of. We nicked the three points down there and they have come out and have said they are still thinking about that.”

Burton haven’t won at home in the league since September – 12 games – but Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Barnsley moved them level on points with Hull in 21st.

Clough added: “If we can get a home win that would be wonderful, but the main thing is to keep that unbeaten run going.

“Our last four performances have been excellent and Barnsley was as well as we have played in a first half. We have conceded one goal in the last three games and it has been a deflection.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly