Published: 31/01/2013 08:00

Derby County boss Clough says Burton Albion promotion push is a fantastic achievement

Written byDAVID BROOME

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DERBY County boss Nigel Clough has hailed the work done by Gary Rowett in getting his former club Burton Albion into the League Two promotion places, writes DAVID BROOME.

The Brewers moved up to third after Tuesday night’s draw with Oxford United, and Clough, who spent 10 years with Albion and guided them to the cusp of promotion to the Football League, was full of praise.

He said: “It’s brilliant for them.

“To be in the automatic promotion places at this stage is fantastic.

“I’d love to see them stay up there, and it would be a remarkable achievement if they could.”

Albion are still only in their fourth season of League football, with some big hitters around them in League Two.

Clough said: “They are one of the less fancied clubs in the league.

“You look at the likes of Bradford, not just because of their cup success, and there’s some big spenders in their league.

“They are doing well to compete with them.

“They are organised and disciplined, and difficult to beat.”

The Rams boss also sees similarities between his current and former clubs.

The Brewers have the best home form in League Two, but only Plymouth Argyle have won fewer games on their travels.

In the Championship, only two teams have lost fewer home games than Derby, who has also been disappointing on the road, with just three wins from 14 games.

Clough said: “Similar to us, they’ve struggled away from home a little bit, but I think getting the point on Tuesday night will be a big boost.

“If your home form is as good as theirs is, then you only need the odd point on the road.”

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