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MANAGER'S REACTION: MK DONS (A)

20 November 2021

FOLLOWING today’s 1-0 away defeat to MK Dons, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said that although his side’s recent league form is a concern, he’s confident that results will change and that it’s not time to panic.

A solitary from Max Watters in the second half of the game was enough to give The Dons all three points at Stadium MK, and Hasselbaink admitted his side must improve.

“I think if you break the game down that is where we need to improve (bravery on the ball to do more and have more movement),” said the Brewers manager.

“We created chances and were unlucky. We know we need to create more though, a lot more!

“The final pass has to be much better and more clinical in hurting them (MK Dons) – we were not convincing at that. If you do that then you go 1-0 up and the game is different.

“The moment you back off and let them play the ball that led to the goal you are asking for danger, and the goal came under no real danger.

“I honestly thought at half time that we would kick on. They are a good side and they are further than us. They have the momentum and we are finding our way still.

“Did we deserve to lose? If you look at the chances then yes. If we had the amount of chances that they had then I would have been upset and disappointed not to have won.

“We dealt with them well but we need to go and hurt them.”

The Brewers will now turn their attention to three home games on the bounce – two in the league, followed by an FA Cup fixture against Port Vale. Hasselbaink says that there is no reason though for his side to panic.

“It’s always a concern when you lose, but I’m not someone that panics.

“I’ve never got to high when we’ve done well, so I’m not going to get too low when things aren’t going our way. It’s about keeping on working, staying calm and keeping on improving.

“I saw a lot of good performances, I saw a lot of improvement. Terry Taylor was very good and so was Tom Hamer. It’s frustrating that Jacob Maddox got injured with a hamstring tweak because he was doing well and having an effect on the game – so hopefully he wont be out for too long.

“You have to look at the good things and we will get it right – we will be fine. We keep on working and we’ll go in the right direction.”


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