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MANAGER'S PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED (H)

22 October 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink knows the challenge his Burton Albion side face as we host Oxford United at the Pirelli Stadium  tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

The Brewers will look to make it three wins in-a-row when they welcome Oxford, after impressive victories against Morecambe and Fleetwood recently.

“They have good players all over the pitch and they have a way of playing where if they get in their flow, they can be extremely dangerous," said Hasselbaink.

“They are fluid and very difficult to stop, so we have to try to stop them at source and get them out of their rhythm and keep them without the ball.

“If we can do those things, it might unsettle them and give us a bigger chance at winning the game.”

Hasselbaink says he expects a different type of game to the Fleetwood clash in midweek, which the Brewers won 1-0, and was full of praise for his squad’s performance last time out.

“We were very happy after the game, and looking back we were actually never in trouble, it didn’t feel like during the game, but I think we controlled it really well,” said the Brewers boss.

“We didn’t give any chances away and Ben (Garratt) didn’t really have any saves to make. Overall, I was very happy with the clean sheet and the performance.”

The manager added that Michael Mancienne did not feature against Fleetwood because of stiffness following the victory over Morecambe last week and gave an update on the midfielder’s fitness.

“He played on Friday night and was very stiff, he didn’t recover as quick as we expected him to and has only trained with the group today for the first time,” said Hasselbaink.

"He was stiff after the game after the amount of work he did against Morecambe, so we have to look after him. He will be available for tomorrow.”


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