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CLEAN SHEETS ARE THE PRIORITY FOR HASSELBAINK

8 January 2021

CLEAN sheets are the priority for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as he looks to get points on the board for Burton Albion.

The Brewers manager has now had a full week’s training with his squad and knows his starting point in trying to mastermind a Burton Albion revival.

Hasselbaink said: “I still think we can achieve something good this season. We all know where we are, but I have all the belief we can stay in the league.

“The organisation has to be a lot better and we need to work to get clean sheets. We haven’t had one for a long time.

"There is hard work to be done on that on the training pitch and the players have done ever so well this week and have worked really hard.

“You get good habits on the training pitch and those habits come through on a Saturday 99 per cent of the time.

“If we get clean sheets that’s a base and then we can try and nick a goal here and there but we need to work better and harder in units to achieve that.”

Hasselbaink has looked at Gillingham and what their strengths are but believes that the focus of the job at present is his own players.

“We need to concentrate really hard on ourselves as we are the only ones who can get ourselves out of this situation.

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"It’s time not to point fingers but instead to look in the mirror and get the best of you out there. It’s about not being individuals but a team and hopefully we can see that.

“Clean sheets are the priority. The organisation needs to be right, the foundation needs to be right, that’s what we have been working on these few days and hopefully it will stick for 96 minutes tomorrow and on Monday we can pick it up and do repetition, repetition, repetition.”

Hasselbaink is expected to have a near fully fit squad to chose from and has added on loan signing Hayden Carter to his options this week as well as extending the stay of Owen Gallacher.

The manager has lost the services of three loan players though with Niall Ennis’s return to parent club Wolves confirmed earlier this week and the loans of Jack Roles and Sam Hughes coming to an end after both players returned to their clubs with injuries.


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