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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORTSMOUTH

3 October 2020

JAKE Buxton says his team’s vulnerability from set plays is costing the Brewers points at present after the 4-2 defeat at home to Portsmouth.

Albion were ahead at the break but after conceding early in the second period the momentum was taken by the visitors and Albion never regained it.

The Brewers manager said: “We have looked vulnerable from set plays for a while now. We walk through them on a Friday, look to do the work but we need more emphasis on the demand for each player to stop his man scoring, stop him getting a clean header. At the minute we have a weak underbelly.

“Enough is enough and I’m really annoyed with the set plays and we will be making people accountable for that and myself and the staff will be making sure we will get to the bottom of it.”

The Brewers got off to the worst possible start going behind in the second minute but fought back to lead 2-1.

Buxton said: “To concede that early we were a bit shocked but credit to the players as they got back into the game. We were on the front foot, were aggressive and won all the individual battles.

“We spoke at half-time about expecting a reaction from Portsmouth and then we conceded straight after the re-start which was very disappointing.

“The game changed, the momentum switched and that’s where we lost the game.”

Albion’s chief tormentor was former player Marcus Harness who scored a hat-trick.

Buxton said: “First half we limited the space he got into and although he had flashes, we had bodies in and around him. In the second half the pockets got bigger, especially as we went chasing the game and he can hurt you and caused us problems.

“But if we are compact, don’t concede that second goal, do our jobs at set plays then Portsmouth would have continued to smash the ball long and we should deal with it. But that didn’t happen, and we paid the price.”


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