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MANAGER'S VERDICT | OXFORD UNITED (A)

5 March 2022

MANAGER Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admits he is both worried and disappointed by today’s 4-1 defeat away at Oxford United and apologised to the travelling fans.

The Brewers were well beaten at Kassam Stadium, four goals down before half-time with only a first half stoppage time strike from Adlene Guedioura as consolation.

It marked a third consecutive defeat for Albion, who now have a clear week ahead of next Saturday’s visit of Fleetwood Town to the Pirelli Stadium.

“It’s really poor, and I’m sorry for the fans who travelled today to witness this kind of performance,” said Hasselbaink.

“I’m really disappointed, and also worried really. It’s a game where at the beginning we don’t start well at all.

“You could ask me ‘what went wrong today’ but the question should more be ‘what went right’. That is the easier question to answer - nothing went right. 

“It’s worry for me (because) I didn’t see this coming today, especially after Tuesday. We were way too open. 

“It could have been six or it could have been seven. We were a really soft touch. This was a relegation performance.”

Hasselbaink is now tasked with trying to lift the spirits of his squad ahead of Fleetwood next weekend. 

And Hasselbaink also said there will need to be a lot of honesty among the squad in the coming days as we look to pull ourselves out of this run of form.

“We are really lucky that we have the amount of points that we have,” said the Brewers boss. 

“We still need points don’t get me wrong, but I need to find a way to lift them, to get them right for next Saturday so that we at least perform and put ourselves in a position to win the three points, because we never did that today.

“We need to, as a group, be honest with each other, not pointing fingers but accepting that certain things aren’t right and putting them right.”


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