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AKINS LOOKING FOR BREWERS TO BE ON FRONT FOOT

29 October 2020

LUCAS Akins says manager Jake Buxton has reminded the players of the importance of being on the front foot as we head into another home game this weekend.

The Brewers host Blackpool at the Pirelli Stadium behind-closed-doors, looking to build on two improved performances, which yielded a point apiece, against AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough United.

That draw at Peterborough saw Albion come from behind twice to take a share of the spoils, Kane Hemmings netting both after good attacking build-up play from Buxton’s side.

And Akins felt that a point apiece was probably about right at in-form Posh, and is looking to take the positives from that result and performance into Blackpool on Saturday.

“I’d say (a point apiece) was fair on chances created,” said Akins.

“We did have some good chances and their keeper has made a brilliant save from Ryan late on, but they’ve come close through free kicks from Joe Ward, who we know all about.

“On balance though it’s a solid point.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who we play, we want to go and attack, press and be on the front foot. We enjoy setting the tempo and it doesn’t matter if we're home or away.

“It’s just about getting back to the basics of what we’re good at, playing attacking football. We’ve got nothing to lose.

“When we’re on the front foot, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, in any league. The manager has reminded us of that, to be on the front foot, and that’s given us a huge boost of confidence.”

Akins felt Albion’s attacking ability was demonstrated by the first goal, with some neat build-up down the left ending with a perfect curled cross from Indiana Vassilev, a neat touch-back from Niall Ennis and a clinical finish from Kane Hemmings.

“It was incredibly fluent, the first goal,” said Akins.

“I thought we attacked really well and every time we got the ball down and played we looked a real threat and that was really pleasing to be a part of.

“The lads will get a lot of confidence from that.

“Saturday (against Wimbledon) would have been nice for three points but we’ve set a marker down in these last two games, and we need to build on that towards this coming Saturday against Blackpool.”

Picture kind courtesy of Joe Dent/Peterborough United FC.


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