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MANAGER'S VERDICT | ACCRINGTON (A)

2 April 2021

MANAGER Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was pleased with a point and a clean sheet from today’s 0-0 draw away at Accrington Stanley.

The Brewers had the better chances of the first half, with Jonny Smith rattling the woodwork five minutes shy of half-time and sending another good chance off-target, while Stanley had two late chances to secure victory but were denied by excellent defending and a fine save from goalkeeper Ben Garratt.

In a hard-fought encounter at Wham Stadium, Albion held firm defensively throughout to take a deserved point and a platform to take into Easter Monday’s game at home to Swindon Town.

“It was a hard-fought game and we knew that they’d make it difficult,” said Hasselbaink.

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“I think in the first half we need to be 1-0 or 2-0 up - we didn’t take those chances.

“The second half was harder - they will say in the last two minutes they need to score (their chances), but overall to come here and take a point is good.

“I want us to score in the first half and we should - we hit the bar but it’s just one of those things.

“Overall it’s a really good result - not three points but not a lot of people come here and get three points.

“Ben made two really good saves but normally I don’t want to give those opportunities away. We know that we need to shut up shop and with two or three minutes to go, can we really stay solid for the whole game through?

“We will look at that but the goalkeeper came, made some heroic saves and I’m very happy with a point here - we move on to the next game.

“I think if you want to achieve something you have to be hard to beat. You can’t be a soft touch - and we aren’t a soft touch.

“We can improve in a lot of areas but you need that desire to keep a clean sheet and defend as a unit.”


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