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MANAGER'S VERDICT: ACCRINGTON

19 September 2020

JAKE Buxton praised his players for the effort and desire to get across the line and record their first league win of the season.

Goals from Joe Powell and John Brayford secured the 2-1 win over Accrington to give the manager his first three points and to get the Brewers up and running.

Buxton said: “You obviously want some points on the board as soon as possible as there’s often an overreaction if you don’t win a couple of games, and then if you win two, they think you are flying.

“For me what is key is the performances and they have been outstanding over the last five games. To be as low as we were on Tuesday after conceding so late in the game and then for the lads to lift themselves and to have the energy and desire to finish off a three-game week is massive credit to them.”

The teams went in 0-0 at the break despite the Brewers having more than 70 per cent of the play.

Buxton said: “In the first half we had a lot of play, dominated the game and we asked the players to make sure we were in control of the ball but ultimately we have to put it in the back of the net with all that play. We were getting into the final third and creating opportunities, but we just have to be more ruthless.

“We spoke at half-time about not snatching at chances and I think the first goal shows that. Kane Hemmings has a lovely touch and rolls it for Joe Powell who gets his head over the ball and it’s a great finish. Lucas Akins was outstanding in the build up to the goal as well.

“The second was a great ball from Ben Fox and then it’s all about the desire to get your head on the ball and John Brayford has put a great header into the far post. John is a massive leader on the pitch and he gives everything. We have a good senior group and it’s important to have those voices in the dressing room.”

There was praise as well from the manager for his keeper.

“At 1-1 Ben Garratt made a great save that enabled us to go on and win it. It’s his shirt at the minute and it’s up to him to keep it.”

The Brewers will now be hoping to have a fuller squad to chose from when they travel to Swindon in a week’s time.

Buxton said: “We have a friendly against Derby on Tuesday for the boys who need extra minutes, but we have a week now before Swindon to get some bodies back.”


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