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.
“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.
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