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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SHREWSBURY

26 February 2022

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink says that his team are dropping too many points at home and need to work harder to make the Pirelli Stadium a fortress.

The Brewers failed to build on a good performance at Sunderland on Tuesday night and were off the pace in a game of few chances that was settled by a goal in each half for Shrewsbury.

The Albion manager described the 2-0 defeat as a “bad day at the office”.

He said: “We have had a couple of performances like that here and we have lost too many and drawn too many at home against teams who are beneath us. I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but we have to do better against some of these teams if we want to achieve something.

“It was a bitty, bitty game and it’s difficult with the pitch to play a passing game. But it was also difficult for them, and they were stronger. They had more energy and we were second best and that’s the most disappointing thing, especially after Tuesday. You would think we would push on after Sunderland but we didn’t.”

Both sides struggled to create much in front of goal.

Hasselbaink said: “It was a set piece game and we have to be right for those in terms of defending and sharp for our own set pieces.

“From minute one they slowed the game down but then it’s up to us to put energy into the game and we never did. We were slow with our throw ins, slow with our free kicks and that brings them into their stride.

“We know that we need to play with tempo, and we never did today.”

Hasselbaink also said that his team needed to test the keeper more.

He said: “I expected a lot more. I wanted the pace of Jonny Smith up front, but we never utilised that. We were never clinical. It was like a game in the park and we just wanted to stroll and that’s not us.”


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