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MANAGER'S VERDICT: LINCOLN

25 September 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink said his team were punished for their mistakes which cost them at least a share of the spoils against Lincoln.

Albion came close to snatching an equaliser at the death but eventually went down 2-1.

The Brewers manager said: “In the first half we gave them a leg up and gave them exactly what they wanted by winning the ball from us and punishing us. In the second half we came out and looked sharper in the first 10 minutes, but they punished us again. It’s then a mountain to climb. We tried to force things and went to 4-4-2. We came close and their keeper is man of the match but at 2-1 they will say they should have made it 3-1.

“But we shouldn’t have been 1-0 down … and then it becomes a different game.

“We are trying to change the way we are playing (by bringing it out from the back) and we are being punished because we are making mistakes in our own half and teams are taking advantage of that. We need to learn quickly as we can’t keep going behind.

“We also need to learn about coming from behind, but we shouldn’t hand opportunities to the opposition to be ahead in the first place and at times it has been too easy for them.”

The Brewers had opportunities throughout the game, but goals have been at a premium for Hasselbaink’s team recently.

He said: “I think on chances created today it should have been enough to win the match. The chances we have given away was way too much and that’s where we need to get the balance right.

“I’m not too concerned as I think the goals will come and we have created a lot of chances but, at the moment, we aren’t scoring enough. We need to do better.

“Daniel Jebbison missed two chances but 99 per cent he will start on Tuesday. We are learning how he plays, and he looked sharp and dangerous going into space.”

Albion face Portsmouth at the Pirelli in that game on Tuesday.

Hasselbaink said: “I want to play as quickly as possible because we lost. I want a reaction and an improvement; a better performance for a longer period and to put this game behind us and try and get a win on Tuesday.”


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