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16 December 2017

STEPHEN Bywater hailed a "crucial" win for the Brewers at Bolton.

After making several vital saves that helped Albion record a 1-0 victory against fellow strugglers the Brewers keeper said: “That was a crucial win. It’s so important to take points off the teams around you and we did that today.

“The lads were well up for it as they are every week. We battled hard, took a chance and scored.”

It was two of the elder statesmen of the team earning the plaudits with Lloyd Dyer scoring the only goal and Bywater keeping the home side out.

He said: “Lloyd is a fit person and looks after himself and so do I. Age is irrelevant. I’m fit and strong. Lloyd is fit and strong and then on the pitch you bring that experience but you have to be fit enough and the league’s getting fitter every year with more athletes coming in every year and diet and yoga and everything,

“I also think you need that experience on the pitch to calm things down and you have to help the young lads. Will Miller has come from Tottenham and done really well and Lloyd has been helping him and that’s what you need out there.

“But we are the same win or lose, we are consistent, there is always a good atmosphere and a good togetherness. Whether we win, lose or daw we still believe in ourselves.

“We are pitting our wits against these big hitters in this division and we are going to do alright.”

Bywater made a crucial save from a second half header palming the ball on the bar and just keeping it from crossing the line.

He said: “I saved it onto the crossbar. I got my fingers on it and my reaction was get up and be ready. They should have scored. They have goal line technology so it was a good save and happy days. I tipped it and got up and as soon as I had made another save I was thinking if this technology was going to kick in but it didn’t and I was relieved as we had defended so well. Ben Turner has put a shift in and he was aggressive and dominant, but it was a good team effort – we needed everyone today.”

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