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HASSELBAINK: THE PLAYERS DID THE BUSINESS

18 November 2014

New boss delighted with first win

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was pleased with what he saw from his side after they ran out 3-1 winners at Wycombe Wanderers.


All eyes were on the Brewers in Hasselbaink’s first game in charge, and they gave their new manager something to smile about with an excellent win at Adams Park.


The deadlock was broken late in the first half by Phil Edwards’ header, and second-half goals from Alex MacDonald and Jacob Blyth sent Albion back to East Staffordshire with the points in a pleasing performance for the manager.


“It’s unfortunate that we conceded a goal, but it was from a penalty rather than open play. Rather than looking at the result we should look at the performance. The performance was very good as a team, and I’m very happy.


“We needed men to stand up and they did. It was very important for us and we knew it would be a battle and be a difficult game, but they did the business,” said Hasselbaink.


Wycombe had only tasted league defeat once at home this season, but the Brewers looked assured throughout the game – and Edwards’ goal to open the scoring was important to Hasselbaink.


“We had a couple of sticky moments with set pieces where they’re very strong. We looked good and willing to work off our shape, which is interesting and reassuring.


“It’s always important to get the first goal. It settles you down and gives you something to play off. Going in at half-time is always a good place to be,” he said.


Hasselbaink was very satisfied after picking up a win in his first game, and has praised the character his new side shown after conceding a Paul Hayes penalty in the second half.


“It gives the boys confidence. It gives them confidence and belief. It’s a fact and it’s very important to get the win.


“Scoring the third goal so soon after conceding means we have character in the team, and t’s always good to have character,” Hasselbaink added.


Hasselbaink was also very pleased with the youthful central midfield partnership of Darragh Lenihan and Matty Palmer, who provided assists for Edwards’ and MacDonald’s goals.


“They were both very good and very hard working and overall I’m very happy with their performance.”


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