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BREWERS LOOK TO SECURE LEAGUE ONE STATUS AT WIGAN

23 April 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink wants to see his team complete the job of achieving League One safety with a win at Wigan tomorrow.

The Brewers know that three points will mean that the survival mission will be completed with three games to go, although Albion could lose and still be safe if other results go their way.

Hasselbank said: “I’m looking at us and not worrying about what others do as I can’t control that. I can control how we are going to approach the game and we want to go there and do everything in our power in our way of playing to give everything we have got to achieve a positive result.

“We want to be mathematically safe, and of course we are thinking about it. But even after that is achieved, our approach to the games will be the same. We will still want to win, and play the same way.

“Wigan have been playing really well of late. You can see the togetherness is very good and they have some good players who can open defences and do something special. It’s an important game for them, but also one for us.

“They are fighting for survival and it’s another one of those games where it will be nervous as there is a lot at stake. But that’s good. As footballers want to be involved in these kind of matches, but it will be tense."

The Brewers will be boosted by good news on the injury front with Michael Mancienne, who limped off on Tuesday night, and Jonny Smith both on the mend.

Hasselbaink said: “Michael is not as bad as we first thought. He will be out tomorrow but hopefully he will be back for Tuesday.

“Jonny will be back in the squad tomorrow. It’s good to see him back, he had a stiff hamstring and he needed some rest as he is a young boy who has played a lot of football in short space of time. Now he’s back, he’s fresh and strong and hopefully ready for tomorrow."

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