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13 April 2015

The routine three points at Luton Town was not so routine as the home side battled until the final moments to hold the Brewers to just a one goal advantage.

Albion weren't in the game for all of the first half and they only awoken when Matty Palmer netted his fourth goal of the season just 11 minutes from time.

Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admits that no matter what team you face or ground you travel to, you always have to work hard.

"To be honest, wherever you go you have to work hard.

"It was no different there, it was even harder there because of the circumstances that Luton are in.

"We knew it from the start and we were equal to it and we were waiting patiently for our opportunity."

The team was rotated again as out went Taft, Stewart and El Khayati and in came Akins, Palmer and Weir but that didn't damage Hasselbaink's brilliant defensive record as the Brewers kept their fourth away clean sheet of the season and are still yet to concede more than two goals in a single game.

The old cliche of 'Defend from the front' fit perfectly when Hasselbaink told us "We were hard to beat and that means that everybody was putting pressure on the ball."

The Dutchman went on to add "All the balls that were coming in were coming in distress so it was easy for us to defend and that is because the strikers and the front line were working hard."

Albion had 14 shots in total with just six on target. The Brewers struggled to find that final ball for most of the game and they took most of their shots from either out wide of the box or off their heads from tame crosses. All statistics aside, it was again a team performance from the Albion which didn't go unnoticed from boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

"Can we be better with our final pass in their half? Yes and that is something to work on but first thing is first, we were a team and that is how we are going to be successful."

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