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HASSELBAINK VERDICT | HIBERNIAN AND PORTUGAL A GOOD WORKOUT

1 July 2022

Club News

HASSELBAINK VERDICT | HIBERNIAN AND PORTUGAL A GOOD WORKOUT

1 July 2022

MANAGER Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is pleased with what his Burton Albion side got from our pre-season trip to Portugal and our first friendly against Hibernian too.

The Brewers fielded two largely different sides in either half in the intense Portuguese heat on Friday morning, Hibernian running out 4-2 winners with Gassan Ahadme and Ciaran Gilligan getting on the scoresheet for Albion.

That followed a week of hard work and fitness-building in Vilamoura, with the Brewers largely coming through everything unscathed save for a few minor niggles.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was withdrawn in the first half against Hibernian with a dead leg, while Conor Shaughnessy was not risked due to a minor hamstring issue - the Irishman could feature at Stratford Town on Tuesday night.

Jonny Smith has been building his fitness but is continuing his rehabilitation from the shoulder injury that curtailed his 2021/22 season and so was not risked against Hibs, while the match came just too quickly for new signing Davis Keillor-Dunn, who only joined the Brewers halfway through the training camp.

"Yeah, it was a good workout and a very good test," Hasselbaink said after the Hibernian game.

"We played everybody, more or less, for 45 minutes. Because we didn’t have enough numbers, Charlie Lakin and Gassan had to play a little bit more, and the trialist too.

"Overall it was just to get ourselves going and get them familiar with the work and playing football. We lost 4-2 but we did some good stuff.

"(There is) a lot of stuff also obviously that we need to work on and get better. But we looked sharp."

Hasselbaink was pleased to see the squad bonding in Portugal - and says he is still working hard to bring players into the squad during the summer transfer window.

"(It has been) very good, very good," said Hasselbaink.

"It’s very important period because it’s bonding time, isnt it? Players are spending a lot of time together and that is very important.

"We are still trying to get a few more in - fingers crossed."

Now attentions turn to the Arden Garages Stadium and that visit to Stratford Town on Tuesday night - with Hasselbaink expecting to name a strong squad.

"Cam had a dead leg, so nothing too serious," said Hasselbaink when asked how injuries may affect Tuesday's squad.

"Jonny still has his shoulder he is recovering from, Conor Shaughnessy had a little hamstring problem but it’s not too serious. And it was slightly too soon for Davis."

"Everybody needs to play (on Tuesday), but nobody is going to play 90 minutes yet.

"I might give some 60 now, and hopefully we can get Shaughnessy back for then. For Jonny it will be a little bit too early."

Photo kind courtesy of Browns Sports Resort, Vilamoura


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