A battling 1-1 draw in dreadful conditions maintained Albion's lead at the top although the Brewers now only lead by three.It was a game settled by two own goals in the first half as Tom Naylor was adjudged to have diverted the ball into his own net from a Stevenage corner and defender Bira Dembele returning the favour on the stroke of half time watching on as the ball bounced off him and into the net.
“I can’t believe it finished.
“I thought it should have been called off at half time but as you can see now the pitch isn’t looking great.
“Looking at it, it should have ended earlier.
“I can’t say I have played on many pitches worse than that to be fair.
“That was the worst.”
With the conditions as bad as they come, it appeared that the Brewers struggled to get the ball down and play some good stuff like they have been playing all season. The near-side of the pitch was full of standing water which made it difficult for the ball to roll and some wonder, had the sky cameras not been there if the game would have been postponed.
“I thought we played second half quite well on it.
“We moved the ball well I think it was just the first half we didn’t do anything really.
“We weren’t playing our usual game so it was just one of them but second half, I don’t think it made much difference."
The Brewers did come out like a completely different team at the start of the second half and they finished the game strongly, just lacking the final ball or final finish to grab all three points. What would you put it down to? The players? The team talk? The half time lemons? Stuart Beavon said Hasselbaink had a word…
“We needed to step up basically.
“We started off well in the first few minutes and got behind them but then I don’t know really.
“They had a game plan and it worked, they stopped us and we shouldn’t get out.
“The gaffer then spoke to us and said “look sort yourselves out” we then came out second half and I think we should have had the win.”