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MANAGER'S PREVIEW: CHARLTON ATHLETIC (H)

12 November 2021

BREWERS Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink looks ahead to tomorrow’s game as Albion return to Sky Bet League One action against Charlton Athletic.

Burton come into the game without Daniel Jebbison and Terry Taylor due to international call ups. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink spoke about the international break and how it can affect a team.

“Sometimes when you are on a losing streak, it’s often good to have a break when the internationals come around, but when you are winning you want to keep on playing.

“It’s the same for Charlton, they are losing two important players like we are but the feel-good factor is still definitely in the camp despite losing the two.”

“Sometimes it can work for you and sometimes it doesn’t. We knew quite early the game was going to go ahead, so we prepared for it, and it provides a great opportunity to give others the chance to perform.”

As well as Taylor and Jebbison, Burton are also without Midfielder Johnny Smith and full-back Tom Hamer due to suspension. Hasselbaink also confirmed, that Lucas Akins would be returning to the squad after his previous injury.

“Lucas Akins is back; he will be available and will be in the squad for the tomorrow’s game”

Despite both sides having players missing due to international call ups, he expects Charlton to bring a lot of energy to the game.

“They have a lot of energy, he (Johnnie Jackson) has come in and organised them a little bit differently to what the previous manager did.  

“They are harder to break down and have a lot more energy in their game, that is what makes them so strong.”

Tomorrow will also see a personal milestone for Jimmy, as it will be seven years since he was first appointed manager in his first spell at the club.

He spoke on when he first arrived at Burton Albion and his time so far with the club.

“It was always the plan for me to work in England, the job became available at Burton and I had a really good interview process.”

“The first year here was very good, results wise were great. I didn’t know it was seven years. I really didn’t know it was that long.”

“A lot has happened, and it has absolutely flown by, the club has moved on and we are in an even better place now compared to when I first came.”


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