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4 December 2015

We have taken a look back at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's best moments in the Burton Albion dugout.

Not only did the win against Wigan end the Latics' unbeaten home form of 2015/16, it took Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's points tally as Burton manager to 100, after only 48 matches in charge.

Following his appointment on 13th November 2014, the Brewers notched 65 points last term on their way to securing promotion from Sky Bet League 2.

The JFH Burton statistics:

50 league games in charge; 32 wins
65 points under Hasselbaink in 2014/15
41 points under Hasselbaink in 2015/16
106 points collected from a possible 150


Goals from Phil Edwards, Alex MacDonald and Jacob Blyth got the Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink era at Burton Albion off to a superb start as the Brewers produced a vibrant display to run out, ultimately comfortable 3-1 victory over fellow promotion contenders Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park in front of the Sky Sports cameras.


Burton Albion chose the perfect opportunity to secure a first ever victory over League 2 leaders Shrewsbury Town as George Taft's first senior goal secured another vital three points in the Brewers quest for promotion.

Albion had failed to beat the Shrews in nine previous attempts but only time will tell just how important this maiden victory against Micky Mellon's side will prove to be come the end of the season.

SAT 21 FEB – DAG&RED (A) 3-1 W

A stirring second half comeback from the Brewers extended their unbeaten run to thirteen games as they came from a goal behind to sweep away Dagenham & Redbridge with three late goals and record a first win at Victoria Road in twelve years.

Alex Jakubiak stunned the Brewers with the opening goal on 67 minutes as he fired low past Jon McLaughlin but Albion were roused up by going behind and were level four minutes later through a resurgent Adam McGurk.

A first goal in English football from Nasser El Khayati fired Albion in front with former Dagger Damien McCrory marking his 100th Football League start for the club with a third in the final moments to cap a display that sends Albion three points clear at the top of League 2 and nine points clear of fourth placed Luton Town.


A stunning second half performance in the face of being down to ten men enabled Burton Albion to overcome promotion rivals Southend United 2-1 on a thrilling night at the Pirelli Stadium. Having allowed Southend to take the lead in first half stoppage time through Barry Corr their first half misery was compounded by a harsh red card for midfielder Robbie Weir after his centre circle challenge on the striker.


History was made at the Globe Arena as a brace of Lucas Akins goals, coupled with Wycombe's failure to win, ensured that Burton Albion will be competing in Sky Bet League One next season for the first time ever.

On a bright sunny day on the Lancashire coast, Albion set about their task with verve and determination in the first half when they could and probably should have had more than one goal to show for their efforts, including Morecambe keeper Andreas Arestidou denying Damien McCrory from the penalty spot.

Nerves could easily have set in for the Brewers but two minutes later Akins drilled in from inside the box and he doubled his tally from the penalty spot after Beavon had been felled by the Morecambe keeper on the hour mark to give Albion breathing space. A late Mark Hughes header briefly had Burton nerves on edge but they saw the job through to secure the points that mean Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men are guaranteed a top three finish.


Ten man Burton Albion secured the Sky Bet League 2 title after a final day five goal thriller at the Abbey Stadium eventually saw Cambridge United put to the sword, Stuart Beavon, Phil Edwards and Kevin Stewart netting the goals to make up for Jon McLaughlin's second half sending off and send the Brewers up as champions.

TUE 11 AUG – BOLTON (A) 1-0 W

Burton Albion may have changed managers since they last played in the Capital One Cup but their record of knocking higher ranked sides out continued at the Macron Stadium as Championship side Bolton Wanderers were dumped out thanks to Matty Palmer's deflected 87th minute strike.

Gary Rowett developed a knack of defeating higher ranked opposition over the last three seasons but this was a performance up there with those, especially as it was away from home. The Brewers had to survive several periods of pressure from Neil Lennon's side but all the penalty area blocks and last ditch challenges were worth it when Palmer's shot from outside the box took a wicked deflection off a Bolton defender to leave goalkeeper Ben Amos wrong footed and powerless as the ball bounced beyond him.


Mark Duffy's last minute strike gave Burton Albion a first ever win at the home of the Shrews to give the Brewers a second consecutive League One away win and push Albion to the heady heights of third in the early league standings.

Duffy's first goal in Burton colours may have been something of a smash and grab after Shrewsbury had dominated periods of the game and rattling the Albion woodwork twice towards the end of the first half but another resilient defensive display from the Brewers laid the foundation for the Birmingham loanee to sweep in from six yards after the pace and power of substitute Jerome Binnom-Williams had unsettled the Shrews defence. As well as being a great result it also provided a first League clean sheet of the season, something Albion's defence had spoken about in the build up to the match.


Jerome Binnom-Williams was Albion's matchwinning hero on an afternoon of great entertainment at the Proact Stadium. The Crystal Palace loanee chose the perfect time to score his first senior goal racing onto Nasser El Khayati's through ball in the fourth minute of added time to slot past Tommy Lee in the Chesterfield goal and send the 915 travelling Burton fans into delirium.

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