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2 January 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink watched the Brewers lose 5-1 to Oxford but still believes he can turn the club’s fortunes around with hard work and by restoring confidence.

Having been reappointed Albion manager yesterday he watched from the stands this afternoon and can now see the size of the task.

He said: “There is a lot of work to be done – let’s not kid ourselves. It’s a totally different job than my first time here.

“There is a lot of quality in the dressing room and we need to get it out. They are low on confidence at the moment, and we need to give them a platform to play from and we need to organise as soon as possible. You can’t coach confidence, but you can talk to the players and in the end they have to do it themselves. We have to make them believe and I do believe in them, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

“It starts on Monday on the training pitch and showing them what they can do, what they can’t, what they are good at and make them better.

“We are leaking too many goals and we need to try and reduce that soon because if we carry on doing that we aren’t going to win any matches. We need to significantly improve in that area and need to keep it tight to give ourselves a chance of winning matches.

“We need time on the training pitch as the structure didn’t look right today; too many gaps and too many individuals – working by themselves not in units. They are all willing, but they need to support each other. That was missing a bit and Oxford picked us apart while they were not even playing that well.

“They say don’t go back but I have no second thoughts whatsoever as I still have a strong belief we can stay in this division. We need to work hard to get it right but if we do, we have a strong chance of staying in this league.”

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