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HASSELBAINK: MAINTAINING THE STANDARD

20 November 2014

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is looking forward to Saturday’s game with Luton Town after a busy first week in charge.


Hasselbaink took over at the Pirelli Stadium a week ago, and he says he is happy with his first few days in the job.


“It’s been very nice. The players have been very well and I’ve got a good response from them. The people at the club have let me settle in well. It’s been a hectic week but I’m very happy with how everything went.


“The players have been very good. They’ve worked very hard and been very positive and willing. The character in the group is very good,” he said.


Albion’s character stood up to the test at Wycombe on Monday night, and Hasselbaink was happy with how his team performed in their opening game.


Following their showing at Adams Park, Hasselbaink wants his side to keep the same level of performance when the Hatters visit this weekend.


“It was a difficult game at Wycombe. They are one of the better teams in the league and they made it very hard for us. It was a good to see that we had a lot of good character in the team and it was a good performance from them.


“We’ll need the same high standard. Luton have done really well of late. They play good football and have some very good players who make a difference. They are well organised and they’re a team rather than individuals. They work hard but they also have good quality,” said Hasselbaink.


Saturday sees Albion welcome top-of-the-table Luton, and Hasselbaink wants the supporters to create an atmosphere in his first game, but is mindful not to get carried away with the rewards on offer on Saturday.


“Everybody wants to play those games, but there’s only three points at stake, just like any other games. It’s no different to any other game. They’re top of the league so there’s an extra feeling, but we need to keep our feet on the ground and perform in a normal way.


“I would like to see a good atmosphere from the fans and see them push the team to go for a win.”


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