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MANAGER'S VERDICT: FLEETWOOD

27 April 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink was delighted with the potency of his side’s finishing as they banged in five goals against Fleetwood.

Stunning first half strikes from Lucas Akins and Joe Powell set Albion on their way and Tom Hamer and two from Kane Hemmings completed the scoring as the Brewers ran out comfortable winners.

After securing League One status on Saturday, it was a sign that there would be no relaxing into the end of the season

The manager said: “At times we played really well, some really good football. We closed them down and when we had to pass the ball, we did that well.

“The first goal was important, and it was a special goal for Lucas Akins as it was with his left foot and in the top corner from open play. We looked at those moments where they want to pass the ball in midfield, and we thought we could nick it and create something and punish them. So that goal we worked on it and it’s always nice to see when you do that, and it comes off.

“I didn’t like the start of the second half. They changed their shape and gave us a little bit of a problem.

“The two goals against were preventable. One was from our attacking corner, the other from their corner and we can do better.

“But we came back again, and Kane scored two good goals and his first was very good, very determined and I like that.”

Hasselbaink was pleased with the attacking prowess his side showed tonight.

“I want us to be as attacking as possible, but I don’t want us to go looking for the game. We needed to do things today because they forced us to and needed to go to two up front. There will be games next year where we have to do that and games where we can’t but what we want to do is control each game as much as we can.

“I want us to be fluid but to have a purpose. We are learning and improving, and we need to keep on doing that.”


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