Sheffield Wednesday: Why Nigel Clough is wary of Owls threat

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough
Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough
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Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough expects Sheffield Wednesday to pose a formidable challenge to his Brewers side this weekend.

Clough’s team welcome the Owls to the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow looking for back-to-back Championship victories.

Burton came-from-behind to beat Birmingham City in their last outing.

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Former Sheffield United chief Clough, who has never lost a league match against Wednesday as a manager (W3 D4), said: “They (Sheffield Wednesday) are on a different level.

“I saw them against Sunderland at home last week when they drew 1-1, they were very unlucky not to win the game.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough

“They have quality throughout their side, and I think the manager as well has done unbelievably well since he came over here. He always comes across as a nice fella, so it’s going to be an extremely hard game for us.”

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Burton, who beat the Owls 3-1 in their own backyard last year, will be without the services of Hope Akpan. The midfielder will complete his three-match ban.

Defenders Stephen Warnock (ankle) and John Mousinho (hamstring) are injury concerns while Luke Varney is unlikely to be involved against his former club due to a hamstring problem sustained in training.

New loan signings Sean Scannell and Joe Mason could make their debuts.

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