A BATTLING game was how Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink labelled Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.The Brewers managed just two shots on target, one of those was Nasser El Khayati’s sixth goal of the season to make him joint top goal scorer for Burton this season.
The home side enjoyed 57% of possession and 13 shots but they couldn’t find the goal they needed to level with the Brewers. Hasselbaink admitted that it wasn’t his sides best performance but that is all credit to the home side Oldham.
“It wasn’t our best game.” Said Hasselbaink.
He added “We have played more fluent and played better games.
“We couldn’t get into our game but that is credit to Oldham.
“They are a very good pressing side and give you no time on the ball.
“It was all about grinding the result and our mental state.
“We were resolute and gave nothing away, it was always going to be a tight game.”
The Brewers in recent games have enjoyed most of the ball swaying the possession stats in their favour but on Saturday it wasn’t the case.
“At spells we could have done better with the ball but I’m delighted with the three points.
“I have told them that I am happy when we are not at our best but we still get the result and today was one of those matches.”
Despite being towards the foot of the table, Oldham put in a pretty impressive performance keeping the ball well between both 18-yard areas.
“Oldham are more than a decent side.” Said Hasselbaink.
“They have some very technical players in the middle of the park and the wide areas.
“They let you defend and you have to be tough and brave, we did that very well.
“Going forward we could have done better in spells but I must say all credit goes to the boys for the battling performance.
“Overall we could have been better.”
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