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BYWATER EXPECTS TWIST IN RELEGATION BATTLE

8 April 2018

STEPHEN Bywater admits that Burton Albion are disappointed by conceding another late equaliser, but says that the relegation battle is not over yet.

Bywater made numerous saves to deny the Blues at St Andrew’s before Lukas Jutkiewicz scored in the 87th minute to rescue a 1-1 draw for the hosts. This draw came just five days after Middlesbrough scored a 90th minute goal to rescue a draw at the Pirelli Stadium on Easter Monday.

The goalkeeper says that the Brewers still believe that there could be one more twist in the relegation battle this season, despite the side having dropped valuable points recently. 

“It was a repeat of Monday really, we just couldn’t hold out in the last five minutes and we did not get the second goal that we needed.

“The lads defended well. We were organised and disciplined, so we were able to block shots and frustrate the opposition. It is just a matter of trying to get that second goal to turn the screws and probably open them up a little as well.

“We didn’t play great in the first-half, but we came out in the second-half, the manager told us what to do and we scored. We were organised. You cannot go through a whole game and be on top, but I thought we did well in the second-half. It took a good header to get a goal against us today.

“We know that we need to win a few games, I think we are taking it game by game now. We are not looking ahead other than Hull, that is our attitude in the dressing room: it is one game at a time. We know that it is out of our hands now all we can do is win our games and put pressure on other people.

“I think it is a mental game at this stage in the season, I think that there is still another twist in the relegation fight.”


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