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3 March 2015

"They looked fresher than what we did"

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made all three of his substitutions by 65 minutes against Newport County but neither of them were able to help their side slump to a second defeat in a week.

Albion made their first change on 54 minutes and it was Dutch for Dutch as Kelvin Maynard returned to action in place of El Khayati.

A second change followed shortly after with Stuart Beavon, having had no change out of the Newport defence, swapped for Mickael Antoine-Curier for his first Pirelli Stadium appearance in a Brewers shirt.

Before either subsitute could really have an effect Albion found themselves behind on 59 minutes. A long ball into the box was well controlled by Yan Klukowski who instantly laid the ball into the path of STOREY who smashed a right foot shot across goal and inside the far post.

“I just wanted to freshen it up.” Hasselbaink told

“They looked fresher than what we did.

“I was contemplating doing it in the week but I wanted to give the boys who have done really well another chance to put it right and they deserved that.

“That is why I started with the same 11.”

For the second time in a week Albion found themselves behind and the manager turned to Ivan Calero in search of the creative spark to turn the tide. Phil Edwards was the man to make way as Maynard dropped in at right back to allow Calero to take up an advanced role on the right.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told us “Did I know that I was going to have to use my three substitutions? Yes, even before the match we already knew that.

“We knew we were going to have to do it and we did it.

“Obviously you didn’t hope that it was going to be at 1-0 for them.

“You would hope it would be 1-0 for us.”

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