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MANAGER'S VERDICT | DONCASTER ROVERS (A)

13 April 2021

MANAGER Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was not happy with Burton Albion's first half but the second was a different story as the Brewers ran out 3-0 winners at Doncaster Rovers.

After a goalless first half in which the Brewers hit the crossbar through Tom Hamer but the hosts had the majority of the chances, Albion responded brilliantly in the second 45 to score three unanswered goals.

Lucas Akins got the Brewers off the mark before Hamer put his earlier miss to bed with a fine finish from the edge of the box, before Hayden Carter's neat finish from close range secured three goals, three points and three consecutive wins.

"We were not happy with the first half, we never started, really," said Hasselbaink.

"We were too deep as a team, we couldn’t put pressure on the ball and when we did they played around us.

"There were a few moments where we were lucky, where we could have been punished. But then in the second half it was totally different.

"We were up there, we did the work, we pressed well and won a lot of balls in their half. We played higher in their half and played a few good through balls on the break.

"We used the ball a lot better and deservedly won it in the second half. We could have scored more goals but more importantly we didn’t give a chance away in the second half so I’m really pleased.

"It was pleasing to see that there was a big change (in the second half). They knew themselves.

"It’s not nice to see when your team is not performing and the other team is better because you’re not doing things that you should do.

"Luckily we responded and reacted, and we put it right as a team and as a squad."

Hasselbaink was also pleased with the impact his substitutes made - with Terry Taylor, on at half-time, playing a key role in the first goal by winning and taking a quick throw-in to set Ryan Edwards off on goal, while Kane Hemmings came within a whisker of his 14th goal of the season and Danny Rowe causing all manner of problems, too.

"We needed something else in the midfield and we got that," Hasselbaink said of Taylor's introduction.

"We needed to be a little more front-footed and I think it worked. Also when Kane and Danny Rowe came in, we went even more to another level and that was very good to see.

"It’s quick-thinking from Terry (for the first goal). We know Ryan has got the burst of pace and energy and to run with that energy, you need to be sharp. Terry has got a great football brain and he used that very cleverly."


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