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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SWINDON

5 April 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink was delighted with a hard-earned three points after the Brewers finished 2-1 at home to Swindon.

A first half goal from Tom Hamer had set the Brewers on their way only for Jack Payne to level before the break.

The Brewers had to dig deep after the interval to keep Swindon out and then snatched a winner through a John Brayford header.

Hasselbaink said: “We had to work very hard and dig very deep for that win.

“The first half was one of the best I have seen us play and we could have gone two or three up. But they scored a well taken goal, even though we know we needed to block the shot off.

“The second half was a different story. We didn’t come out of the blocks so well and in the first 20 minutes we had to defend and dig deep. But that is what happens when there is so much at stake in a match for both sides.

“It was good to see that even when we were under pressure that we never really panicked and stayed in our shape.

“We got a break with the clearance off the line by Hayden Carter and then from a set piece John Brayford was immense and we got the winning goal. We knew set pieces would be important today and we knew we needed to make the most of them.

“But make no mistake, this was hard fought and with really small margins. Swindon kept the ball really well at certain stages, but we stayed focussed. We could have done better ourselves with the ball at times but we battled well and I’m delighted with the three points.

“Now the point at Accrington is also a big one and we finish with four points over Easter from the two games. We would have taken that beforehand, so it has been a good week.

“Safety is our aim and League One status for next year. We are a step closer, but we are still not there. We are in a good position but there is still some sweat needed to complete the job.”

The only downside for the Brewers was injuries to Sean Clare and Jonny Smith that forced both players off the pitch in the second half.

Hasselbaink said: “We will have to see tomorrow how they are.”


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