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MANAGER'S VERDICT | SHEFF WEDS (A)

2 March 2022

BURTON Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink felt Sheffield Wednesday's third goal was crucial in our 5-2 defeat at Hillsborough.

The Brewers overturned an initial two-goal deficit, with first goals for the club from Adlene Guedioura and Oumar Niasse wiping out Wednesday's early lead.

But the hosts grabbed a third from there and went on to secure victory with two late goals.

And although Hasselbaink was pleased with the way his side initially fought back, and with how we started the second half, he felt the third goal - which the Brewers felt should have been ruled out.

"They scored two goals which could’ve been avoided in my opinion," said Hasselbaink.

"Yes, there were mistakes but there were a lot of good things to take from the game.

"They have come down from the Championship and realistically, they still have Championship-standard players and at times you could see the difference.

"I am very pleased with how we came back to get level; we spoke about where we need to improve. They are an honest bunch, so they accept that, it’s just about putting it in to practice.

"We felt there was a push (for the third goal) and psychologically the third goal kills us.

"They got momentum and we couldn't get back into it, and that was, in a way, a little bit disappointing.

"It isn’t easy coming to this type of place, but as we said, for 35-40 minutes we did ourselves proud."

The two Brewers goals, courtesy of new signings Niasse and Guedioura, also pleased Hasselbaink.

"They are getting there, they need to get fit and they are working so hard," said the Brewers boss.

"We need to be careful with them, but we also need to take risks with them.

"Today was good for them both, especially with Niasse. You want to see your striker score and hopefully that will help him kick on now."


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