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MANAGER'S VERDICT: MK DONS

20 March 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink says his team won’t dwell on the end of their seven-game unbeaten run and instead will look to bounce back at home to Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

Albion went down 2-1 to MK Dons and although the game was close with the Brewers putting on late pressure to find an equaliser, in the end the manager didn’t think his team did enough.

He said: “We didn’t start playing until the last 30 minutes and that was too late.

“We didn’t do certain things right and we need to do better. Our 50-50s we didn’t win, and when you are playing a side who are comfortable on the ball you need to win them and then you need to play and try and hurt them.

“Some players struggled today. I don’t think it’s about tiredness, they just didn’t have their best game. That can happen.

“We just need a good reaction on Tuesday and then we can move on.

“It’s a defeat, and it’s disappointing but when we win, I say we need to move on and with this loss we also won’t dwell on it and we will move on. We have another game on Tuesday and we need a reaction from the group.”

Despite the defeat, Hasselbaink still thought his team had the best opportunities to win the match.

“They were better overall in the game itself, but I felt we had more chances, better chances, John Brayford had a good chance in the first half and Lucas Akins as well.

“Even though they were better in the first half they didn’t create. The disappointment is they scored from a penalty and a corner. The penalty was a soft one. Tom Hamer falls and hits the ball a little bit with his hand,

“But we are still a work in progress and as much as we want things to go well, we have to accept that.

“It was fine lines today and we move on.”

The Brewers will be without Josh Parker and Terry Taylor who will be on international duty on Tuesday so Hasselbaink will be forced to make changes.

“We will have to have a look and see how we do that,” he said. “But I’m looking at performances and I want a better performance. Certain things we have to see back.”


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