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MANAGER'S VERDICT: DONCASTER

19 December 2020

JAKE Buxton has promised to freshen up his squad in January after watching his team lose 3-1 at home to Doncaster.

The Brewers levelled just before half-time through a Lucas Akins penalty but still went in 2-1 behind after conceding a spot kick themselves on the stroke of half-time. That was the turning point of the game and Albion conceded again in the second period as Doncaster eased to three points.

Buxton said: “There wasn’t a great deal in it first half and we started the game quite brightly. We told the players about Doncaster being a threat on the counter and we knew that if we did go after them and pressed too hard, they could pick us off.

“We got ourselves back level with a good penalty from Lucas Akins after good play between Charles Vernam and Joe Powell and then we kick ourselves with a mistake again and we go back to that point were individual errors are costing us by giving the opponents a head start.

“We have conceded far too many goals and we are disappointed to give away the second goal in the manner we did.

“We also have spoken after the game about the second half performance as we weren’t at the level we expect.

“We are fragile at times because of the position we are in and today we were.”

Another blow for the Brewers was the loss of defender Sam Hughes to injury.

Buxton said: “He went up for a header and landed funny on his knee. It’s quite swollen now. We now expect Sam to be missing for a period of time. He will go back to Leicester and he will be assessed.”

Buxton accepts that results haven’t been good enough but knows what he has to do to turn around the Brewers fortunes.

He said: “I need to freshen the group up. Ultimately, we have not been good enough. I have put my case across to the Chairman that we need to improve the squad. We need to move some players out to free up the cash to allow us to do so but we have been in contact with numerous Premier League and Championship clubs to see what players will be available and hopefully my connections with local clubs will enable us to bring the best players in.”


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