Burton manager Nigel Clough reacts to Danny Ward's Leicester City display

Nigel Clough manager of Burton Albion looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Norwich City at Pirelli Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

Danny Ward had a mixed night as Premier League Leicester City reached the EFL Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win at Burton Albion.

Danny Ward (12) of Leicester City during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Burton Albion and Leicester City at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton upon Trent on Tuesday 29th October 2019.

Burton Albion lost 3-1 to Leicester City in the EFL Cup fourth round and Brewers boss Nigel Clough believes that Danny Ward’s brilliant save with the game in the balance proved to be the difference between the two sides on the night, speaking to the club’s official website.

Fresh from a historic 9-0 win away at Southampton on Friday, Leicester found League One opposition a much tougher nut to crack with Burton making life difficult for Brendan Rodgers side at the Pirelli Stadium.

Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison eventually sealed The Foxes’ place in the quarter-finals but the game was much tougher than the scoreline suggests.

 

And just minutes after he gifted Burton a route back into the game by spilling Liam Boyce’s effort into his own net, back up goalkeeper Ward made amends with a brilliant reflex save to deny Oliver Sarkic from producing a dramatic equaliser.

Leicester then re-asserted their superiority and sealed the win thanks to Maddison’s effort, leaving Clough wondering what might have been.

Nigel Clough, Manager of Burton Albion looks on ahead of the Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg match between Burton Albion and Manchester City at Pirelli Stadium on January 23, 2019 in...

“We hung in in there at 2-0 at half-time and then got a goal back and all of a sudden it’s a different game. Oliver Sarkic has had a wonderful opportunity and their keeper has made a brilliant save and that makes the difference,” said the former Derby boss.

“It was a nearly night for us with a lot of good performances and they know they have been in a game tonight.”

Ward, a £12.5 million signing from Liverpool (BBC), has a fine track record in the EFL Cup. He made three saves in a penalty shoot out victory against Wolves last season too.

Danny Ward of Leicester City and Hamza Choudhury of Leicester City celebrate after the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Burton Albion and Leicester City at Pirelli Stadium on...

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