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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PETERBOROUGH

6 March 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink praised another good team performance and another important three points for the Brewers.

After the 2-1 defeat of league leaders Peterborough, the Brewers manager said: “I’m very happy how the players conducted themselves. There was a lot of effort and energy. We pressed them well, and didn’t give them space.

“That’s how we had to approach the game. If we let them play, then we were going to lose. We needed a tight game and to put the pressure on them as much as possible and then we needed to make chances for ourselves. At times we could have done that better but that is a process of getting better with the ball. But overall, I thought it was very good performance and we made it very difficult for them to get in their stride.

“We needed to break their rhythm and we did that really well.”

Two goals in four minutes in the second half tilted the game in Albion’s direction.

Hasselbaink said: “I’m happy that the second goal was a scruffy one as that means you are sharp around the box, alert to the opportunities.

“But even at 2-0 it was far from over as they are a very good team. They changed formation afterwards. They are not for nothing top of the league, and they have really good forwards. When you play against these teams your goalkeeper has to make saves, your defenders have to block shots and we did.

“We limited them to very few chances and my back four was for the majority of the time was very good and the two in front of them, Mancienne and Edwards, did a magnificent job.”

“They were disappointed to no get the clean sheet and that’s the mentality we are trying to get into – not to sit out, and not to give a goal away. They were upset about it and that for me says enough, that’s what I want.”


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