The Usain Bolt suggestions may offer a welcome distraction for Burton fans who witnessed their side fall to a third successive league defeat on their first ever visit to Teesside.
Albion had little answer to Boro’s £15million striker Britt Assombalonga, who opened his account with a brace.
Clough felt Albion could take plenty of confidence from their performance ahead of Friday’s clash with local rivals Birmingham. “We are delighted with how they played,” he said. “We can take so much encouragement from that. “We kept going and I thought, considering the opposition and the team we had, we played well.”
Middlesbrough’s win was their second in four days – but Gary Monk insists they are far from the finished product. “I am happy with the result,” he said. “It’s always good to put back-to-back wins together.”
“Overall, I didn’t think we started too well and gave Burton a little bit too much confidence.”
“But once we got that first goal we stepped it up a gear. We are playing in patches at the moment, but we look incredibly dangerous in those good patches.”
“And we are also looking good defensively, giving opponents very few chances – which is good. We are striving for a complete performance, but it’s still early days. It’s nice to be winning when we are striving for that.”
“It is still very early days for this group. I like to play aggressive football on the front foot and be good defensively. Striking that balance is a work in progress.”