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21 August 2021

DEFENDER Conor Shaughnessy was left to reflect on a ‘disappointing day’ for the Brewers as they suffered their first League defeat of the season, 3-0 to Cambridge United.

There was little to separate the two sides until the home side had a stroke of luck after 53 minutes with Sam Smith’s effort deflecting wickedly off Shaughnessy to beat Ben Garratt before fellow defender Tom Hamer twice deflected crosses beyond his keeper to put a flattering slant on the scoreline.

“It’s a disappointing day all round,” Shaughnessy reflected. “I think looking at it we were a bit unfortunate with the goals but I think overall the performance wasn’t good enough from us. We know that but games are coming quick and fast so we’ll recover and be ready for Friday night.

“It’s hard to put a finger on it right now but we’ll do a lot of analysis of it on Monday. The gaffer will talk us through it. We are a good side with good mentality and we will learn from it.”

After the joy and buzz of beating two of League One’s big hitters in Ipswich Town and Sunderland Shaughnessy knows Cambridge was more the gritty type of game Albion will face more regularly across the season.

“We will get a lot of these type of games in this league” he said. “We need to know that sometimes we are not going to get a load of chances and we need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal ourselves. Defensively we will tighten up but we will move on and learn from it.”

Albion’s 100% start to the season may have gone but now all attention turns to Friday and a home game against Cheltenham Town and Conor feels there will be a reaction.

Shaughnessy said: “We have had a great start and maybe today is the little kick to bring us back to reality. We’ll see how we react on Friday. We will be ready for that one.”

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