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MANAGER'S VERDICT: ROTHERHAM

19 April 2022

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink hailed a “brilliant performance” as Albion gunned down promotion-chasing Rotherham with a 2-0 victory.

That was the Brewers fourth clean sheet in a row and a result that has been coming after going so close with three 0-0 draws.

The manager said: “The performance was good against a really good side. They try to put you on the back foot, and we tried to put them on the back foot as well as much as possible.

“We created really good chances and we need to take them. It’s encouraging we keep creating those chances and overall, we managed to pin them back as they have strikers who give you problems if you let them come at you.”

The Brewers were ahead in the third minute with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson prodding a Tom Hamer long throw into the net.

Hasselbaink said: “An early goal helps as it settles you down. We rode our luck a little bit in the second half, but we got our blocks in and you have to have that, a determination to keep a clean sheet. They hit the post as well and our keeper had to make two or three good saves. They are a very good side, and they were always going to do that.

“We gave more chances away than the previous matches, but the determination was brilliant from the lads.

“Keeping clean sheets is a collective thing and I like my goalkeepers not to have to make saves. Eventually they will have to and Matej has done that today, but you have to give credit to the whole back five for another clean sheet.”

The Brewers second goal came from a John Brayford header.

Hasselbaink said: “It was a really good delivery from Joe Powell, and we knew if we put it on John’s head, he is going to attack it and not be scared. We want him in those kind of positions. We scored from two set pieces, and I will take that all day long.

“We want to look forward to the last two games now as we want to end the season in the right way so we go into our holidays with a really good feeling and then we will start the pre-season with that feeling. That’s the plan, let’s see if we can execute it.”


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