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OSHILAJA: POINT APIECE WAS FAIR

10 January 2022

DEJI Oshilaja said Burton Albion's 1-1 draw away at Cheltenham Town on Saturday was a fair result as the Brewers fought back from 1-0 down to earn a point.

The Brewers went in a goal behind at the break but came out fighting in the second half - quickly equalising through Daniel Jebbison and creating many opportunities for a second.

“I think it was a fair result, we had to weather the storm a little bit," said Oshilaja.

"They could’ve maybe gone two or three up in the first half but we put our bodies on the line. Ben (Garratt) made a few decent saves and kept it to one.”

“They were at home, so we knew they were going to go gung-ho, but if we continue to start games like that, it’s going to be difficult for us.”

Despite being under pressure in the first half, Oshilaja said it is a positive that the squad reacted at half time and came out in the second half much better.

“We had a young team out there," added Oshilaja.

"Our most experienced players were at the back and the young boys were in attack.

“We are a working team and we know that and the fact we reacted at half-time is testament to us.

"We just need to focus on playing like that for the full game rather than just a half.”

Often being utilised in the defensive midfield position this season, Oshilaja started Saturday’s game at centre-back and said he felt the back three put in a good performance, with particular high praise for club captain John Brayford.

“The manager told me today I want you to play in that position today, I think we did well as a back three as well as the boys who played in midfield,” he said

“John is excellent, I know him from (our time at) Cardiff so I know the quality that he has.

“The calmness and intensity he brings to the defence is second to none, he put his body on the line a few times (at Cheltenham) and that’s exactly what you need from your captain.”

“He’s a great player from the club and he will help me to grow as well.”


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