Burton boss Nigel Clough was a relieved man as he saw his side progress to the second round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 4-1 victory over League Two side Salford.
It was Albion’s first win in the competition for just under six years and sees them through to a second-round tie away at another League Two side – Oldham Athletic.
Burton had felt aggrieved ahead of the game that they were made to play missing three players away on international duty but were grateful to Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy for agreeing to release goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara meaning that only strikers Liam Boyce (Northern Ireland) and
Nathan Broadhead (Wales Under-21s) were absent.
Despite those missing players Albion grabbed the lead three minutes before half-time through Lucas Akins’ fifth goal of the season and after Ibou Touray had equalised Clough’s side scored three more through David Templeton’s fine strike, John Brayford’s headed effort and a precise finish from Oliver Sarkic.
“Relieved we have got through with players missing and the quality of the goals we scored tonight,@ said Clough.
“Unfortunately a refereeing error let them back into the game just after half-time but I thought that from that point on we reacted brilliantly and scored another three great goals.”
“It’s probably the most blatant foul of the evening [on Kieran Wallace] and it’s not given and leads to a goal and it could have been game changing but the players reacted well. Probably the injustice just
galvanised us a bit.”
Salford boss Graham Alexander felt it was defensive mistakes from his own side that cost them the chance of progressing through to the next round.
“In the first half the only difference between the two sides was the goal and we had some real good chances before that,” said Alexander.
“The manner of the goal was extremely disappointing and a really poor goal to concede from our
“The players responded excellently in the second half and I thought we deserved the equaliser and we were looking to go and stamp our authority on the game but we gave another poor goal away.
“We have not adhered to certain things that we do consistently and it has cost us goals tonight, certainly the first two and after that we have probably been done by committing too many bodies forward.
“They were very clinical and showed their League One quality but from our view I don’t believe it was through their outstanding quality where they scored the first two goals it was our mistakes and we have to address that.”