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AKINS DELIGHTED WITH FIRST HOME LEAGUE WIN

2 September 2019

THE Brewers won their first home game of the season at the third attempt last weekend as goals from Lucas Akins and Ryan Edwards were enough to see off a battling Bristol Rovers side.

Akins netted in the 87th minute after spinning his marker on the corner of the six-yard box and firing into the far corner after a lovely chipped pass from Scott Fraser.

The effort was also his first of the season whilst Edwards grabbed his second after being played through by Akins and slotting under the goalkeeper in a classic counter-attack with five minutes of extra time played.

“I’m delighted to contribute and get our first home win and build on the games we had prior to this," said Akins.

“Up front it wasn’t as fluent as we could be but we knew it was going to be (about) more than that.

“As a relatively new team with certain players coming in, that’ll set us in good stead with our character coming through. Getting a result in those circumstances means everyone goes away happy and galvanised. We weren’t as fluid as we could be but it’s a results business.”

The forward was quick to praise the defence and goalkeeper as they earned a third clean sheet in a row.

“Today I’d say was more about the defence," Akins added. "Jake Buxton was fantastic and he's had to come off after putting his body on the line.

“John-Joe (O’Toole), Kieran Wallace and John Brayford also put a shift in. Kieran (O’Hara) really worked hard to earn another clean

“Its something that we made a conscious effort to do and when it comes off its fantastic.

“Most importantly it's three clean sheets on the bounce and three wins.”

The win leaves the Brewers eighth in the Sky Bet League One table.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position, in touching distance of (the top six)," said the Brewers' record EFL goalscorer.

"We’d have definitely taken this position in the league at the start of the season in terms of where we were at the start of the last campaign.

"It’s good that we’re in and around but we’ll never get carried away. We’ll just look forward to the next game and go again.

“We’re ambitious. We’re not playing to just stay in the league. When you’ve had a taste of the Championship you do get a bit greedy and you want it a bit more.

"I’m like everyone else, just try and do as well as I can.”


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