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MANAGER'S VERDICT: CAMBRIDGE

12 February 2022

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink thought his team had enough chances to have secured all three points against Cambridge.

Albion had to settle for a draw despite getting off to a flying start with a penalty after 20 seconds. They were pegged back twice by the visitors and the game finished 2-2.

The Brewers manager said: “Overall it was a difficult match. We had the chances to win it, we had one on ones, other chances and at 2-1 should have made it 3-1 and if we had done that then the game is dead.

"But we kept on giving them hope and they are a side that keeps on going. They are a very difficult side to play against. They have an honesty in their play, they have camaraderie and a playmaker.

“We had a brilliant start and were 1-0 in front which is refreshing as we haven’t had that for a while. You want to kick on from there, but they score for 1-1. How they score is bad for us as it's from a transition and we need to head the ball and not allow an overhead kick.

"We spoke about putting your body on the line to stop them scoring. If you do that and we stop them scoring, then we kick on.

“In the second half we started again really well, and it was 2-1 and then we conceded again from a second stage which is disappointing.”

William Kokolo came on in the second half to bag a goal for the Brewers and please his manager.

Hasselbaink said: “I didn’t know he had that in him but that’s good to see, our wing backs getting in good positions and scoring goals. Tom Hamer had a good chance as well and should have scored. We are getting goals from different places and that’s good.”

The Brewers will be without Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on Tuesday against Bolton. The defender suffered a head injury and the Brewers had to make a concussion substitution.

Hasselbaink said: “As he is concussed, he isn’t allowed to play again for six days. It’s something we could do without as we are short of defenders.”


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