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AKINS: ONE DEFEAT DOESN'T DEFINE US

24 November 2018

LUCAS Akins says Burton Albion won’t get carried away by our defeat at Blackpool on Saturday - and is already looking ahead to Tuesday night’s home fixture against Charlton Athletic.

The Brewers were beaten 3-0 at Bloomfield Road as three goals in the first 12 second-half minutes secured victory for the hosts on a disappointing Saturday afternoon in Lancashire.

That defeat followed the fine 1-0 victory over Coventry City a week prior, and just as the squad didn’t get carried away with those three points, Akins insists The Brewers will not let heads drop, nor will they be defined by this defeat.

"We’ve been in many situations like this over our careers," said Akins. 

"It’s part and parcel of football - unfortunately you’re not going to win every game so the sooner you can realise that, you can work hard to put it right and that’s what we’ll look to do.

"We try to stay level-headed in victory and defeat. I don’t get carried away when the result has turned out (like it has) today and last week was the same - just keep your feet on the ground and go again.

"To concede in the 46th minute was disappointing. The manager’s mantra is to not concede again if we do, to stay in the game for as long as possible and change the course of the game - so to concede three in 12 minutes was really disappointing.

"It’s down to a number of things. We knew they were quite a physical side and we dealt with aspects of that quite well, but in key moments we didn’t quite so well. 

"It’s disappointing especially after such a good result last week. One swallow doesn’t make a summer and one defeat doesn’t define us. 

"That’s the thing about this group - we’re honest and we do self-evaluate. We have good people in good places who will keep us at it. We’ve got to go again now and put this behind us.

"We have a fantastic opportunity now to get back on track at home to Charlton on Tuesday. It’s brilliant for us as players to have that game straight away as we want to get back out there straight away and make amends for today’s result."

Akins was keen to point out the efforts that the 469 travelling Brewers made in getting to Blackpool and praised their backing despite the result.

"The fans have come out today again and supported us magnificently," added Akins. 

"It was bitterly cold and we’re just disappointed that we couldn’t get a goal for them because that’s what we were hoping for, just to get a goal or something to cheer about.

"I promise them we’ll do our best to go again."


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