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NAYLOR RELISHES HAVING MORE FREEDOM

29 September 2016

BURTON Albion got a reminder from QPR about the way they used to play, says midfielder Tom Naylor.

With Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink moving from the Brewers to QPR, Naylor believes his former manager has taken the game plan that brought Albion the League Two title to the London club.

He said: “When we played on Tuesday, I think the boys who were here were thinking ‘that is how we used to play under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink'. Other teams found it hard to play against us and we found it hard to play against QPR. We didn’t get much time on the ball in the middle of the park and it was very difficult to break them down. They chase you down and make life quite difficult for you. So it was a good point for us in the end.

“We want to get on the ball as much as we can but they put you under pressure by closing you down.”

Naylor knows how effective that style of play has been for the Brewers but he prefers the current system employed by Nigel Clough and the freedom he is given.

He says: “We all know our roles in the side and to be compact and get bodies behind the ball. But when we have the ball we do have more licence and can express ourselves and I think most of the lads would agree with me that they like that.”


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