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MANAGER'S VERDICT: HULL

6 February 2021

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took charge of Burton Albion in 2015 following the departure of Gary Rowett Shutterstock
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took charge of Burton Albion in 2015 following the departure of Gary Rowett

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink hailed a big win for his team after a Jonny Smith goal secured an important 1-0 win over Hull.

The Brewers manager said: “It was a well-deserved win. We didn’t give a chance away, our goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make. Yes, they hit the bar, but that was a shot outside the box.

“When you look at the game over all we were magnificent, and the players are very happy and deservedly so.”

Hasselbaink was delighted with the effort and work rate of his team.

He said: “But the hard work is the minimum and if we keep on doing that we will get better with the passing and all the other stuff. We will improve but we have to keep on doing the hard work when we don’t have the ball, be aggressive in the right way. You tackle, make it hard for the opposition, then you give yourself the chance to win the game.


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“And when we got that chance, Jonny took his goal. We had the biggest chance of the game just before that, but we didn’t dwell on it, we kept on going, found that chance and the boy took it very well.”

Hasselbaink was also pleased with the way the new signings blended in.
He said: “It was always a worry bringing so many players in, but they did really well, they stuck together, they looked like a team.

“Even when we were without the ball, we looked solid and when we had it, we tried to pass. It’s a start but we need to gel a lot more. There is still a lot of work to be done and the game on Tuesday is coming quickly, so we won’t be able to do a lot.


“I need to look at a few players now as some haven’t played for a while and we may need to freshen it up for Blackpool. Kane Hemmings had to come off (with a calf injury) and he’s an important player for us so we have to look at that.”


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