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29 December 2015

IT was a Lucas Akins penalty that made it 1-0 but it was a brace of brilliant saves from Jon McLaughlin that helped Albion see off Swindon.

The Brewers keeper made two outstanding saves in the first half. The first was from a curling shot that seemed destined for the top corner until McLaughlin palmed it over. The second was a reflex save which stunned a Swindon team who were already celebrating a  seemingly certain goal.

McLaughlin says: "That save was up there with the best I have made. I was very relieved to have clawed it over. You don't give up on anything. The lad's got there and he's probably not happy with himself for not banging it in the bottom corner but you just have to throw yourself at it and it was a case of right place, right time. It was nice to be able to react and make the save.

"You do a lot of things as a goalkeeper that are just as important but aren't so spectacular. But that's as close as it gets for us to scoring a goal. It was great to be able to feel a valuable part of the team.

"It was a difficult little point in the game, where after starting so well and creating chances they had a spell and it was very important that we kept a clean sheet. I was just happy I could make those couple of saves that kept us in the game.

"Then we did what we always do, which is go and press them, work as hard as we can and go and get a winner."

McLaughlin also paid tribute to goalkeeping coach Gavin Ward.

He said: "Since he has been at the club he has been a massive part of the success we have had and he's a great guy to have around as well."

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