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MANAGER'S REACTION: FLEETWOOD (A)

19 October 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink was delighted with his side's performance following tonight’s victory away at Fleetwood Town.

Tom O’Connor’s first half goal direct from a corner gave the Brewers the lead, and despite numerous chances to put the game to bed in the first half, Hasselbaink’s side held on to their lead to take all three points back to Staffordshire.

“It was difficult conditions. We created a lot of chances in the first half and if we went in 3-0 up at half-time then it wouldn’t have been a surprise,” said Hasselbaink.

The Brewers manager was pleased with his side's defending throughout the game, but admitted there’s still areas that his side can improve on.

“We need to become more clinical and put the game to bed.

“We knew that in the second half we needed to be solid and keep them out, and it’s really important that we didn’t sit back and wanted to go forward. Overall it is a very good, strong performance and I’m pleased with how we dealt with Fleetwood."

Fleetwood keeper Alex Cairns was in fine form in the first half to deny Albion with a string of good saves. The keeper tipped a Lucas Akins shot onto the crossbar after earlier making two excellent blocks from Daniel Jebbison.

The Brewers then had further good first half chances through Conor Shaughnessy and Tom Hamer which went just wide, having fourteen chances in total throughout the course of the game.

“It can be the case in football that if you don’t take your chances then you regret it, but we got the goal in the first half, we didn’t sit back and kept going.

“I thought the shape tonight worked and we’ve spoken internally about how we can stop conceding some of the goals we have lately and we’re pleased with how we’ve defended tonight. Don’t get me wrong, we want to score more goals as well, but I’m happy overall tonight.”


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