JAKE Buxton says that tonight’s 4-2 victory showed the level of performance he wants from his team and what they can achieve when they deliver that standard.
The Brewers earned a huge three points with goals from Lucas Akins, Joe Powell, Sam Hughes and Charles Vernam to put the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat at home to Northampton behind them
Buxton said: “We are delighted with the result, but more importantly the performance. To a man, everyone stuck to the game plan and when you come off the pitch you should be on your knees regardless of the score, having given everything and the players did that tonight. That’s what I’m proud of the most.
“You fear the worst when you are in the position we are in and the goals we have conceded at times but the game plan was to absorb the pressure and hit them on the counter attack. The players had to implement that and do it to a high standard and we did that.
“On Saturday we didn’t look like scoring goals but tonight we were a threat. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of information taken on board to get that performance, but the lads delivered and I’m over the moon with it.
“Burton Albion can’t afford to carry five or six players each week – every player needs to be at it from 12 years ago when I first came as a player to now it hasn’t changed we always have to be at it to a man. Tonight ,everyone on the pitch, the lads who came on, had to be at it to get that result. If someone switches off or does not perform to a level, then we don’t win.”
It has been a roller coaster of emotions for the manager over the last two games and he kicked every ball from the touchline tonight.
Buxton said: “It was tough on Saturday. We had put a good game plan in place, and it was about not giving cheap free kicks away and we give a foul away after 60 seconds and conceded from a set play. I was very down after the game and regardless of the outcome tonight I was going to give everything on the touchline and show I was fully behind the team and that’s what I will continue to do every game.”