Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has reacted to the 9-0 defeat against the Premier League Champions Manchester City in the Carabao Cup firstly semifinal on Wednesday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City came out smoking as they thrashed the lower division team 9-0 with Kelvin de Bruyne scoring the opening goal in the fifth minute, Gabriel Jesus scored four goals, while Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Folden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez scored one each to make it nine goals in 90 minutes of action.
He told Sky Sports: "We didn't expect anything less. The quality they have out there and the gulf between the teams, we actually feared it could be more."
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Asked when he feared it might get messy, Clough said: "When the draw was made and when we beat Middlesbrough!
"It's not very nice when you're sitting there and the goals are going in and there's absolutely nothing we can do to stop it. I didn't think we did too much wrong, two or three goals we could do better. I didn't think we did too badly tonight.
"It wasn't about tonight, it was about the achievement of getting here, once we saw the other three teams we knew we were in trouble, it was just to what degree."
Despite the defeat, Clough was eager to take positives and said the experience was priceless for some of his younger players.
"You can't buy them that experience that they've got tonight, there's 18-year-old left-back Reece Hutchinson, and some of the younger players. Hopefully, that'll give him a taste of what he can have later in his career."