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MANAGER'S VERDICT: ACCRINGTON

4 September 2020

JAKE Buxton was delighted with the performance of his team after a 4-2 win on penalties in the First Round of the Carabao Cup.

After Albion and Accrington finished level at 1-1 the Brewers held their nerves to go through to Sunday's draw.

Buxton said: "I was over the moon with the performance. We asked the players to do the basics of running around and working hard for each other and I thought they did that from minute one.

"If you don't cut corners and do the right things you get what you deserve and that's what happened in the penalty shoot out.

"When it's only 1-0 the opposition have always got a chance of getting back in it and we need to finish teams off after going in front and dominating the play. We had quite a few opportunities; I wouldn't say clear cut, other than Joe Powell's at the death, but we need to go and get that second goal.

"While it's 1-0 any opposition can put one in your box, pick up a second ball and score.

"But when that happens we spoke about dealing with adversity, heads not dropping, sticking to the game plan and continuing to give everything for each other."

It was then left to Albion's keeper Ben Garratt to save the visitors' first two penalties as the Brewers eased through.

Buxton said: "Ben's attitude from the first day of pre-season has been brilliant and he was great from the first minute tonight and he stood in goal yesterday when we took penalties against him and made two brilliant saves tonight as a result.

"We did some work on penalties yesterday, and it paid dividends for us."

 


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