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ACADEMY REACTION | MANSFIELD TOWN 1-2 BURTON ALBION

3 April 2024

Club News

ACADEMY REACTION | MANSFIELD TOWN 1-2 BURTON ALBION

3 April 2024

Burton Albion’s Professional Development Phase side finished the regular season off strong with a 2-1 win against Mansfield Town, despite being down to ten men for over half of the game.

The Brewers took an early lead through Jack Newell before Jakub Kruszysnki equalised for the home side. However, after Dylan Scott was shown a red card, Albion’s resilient second half performance was rewarded when Kia Svarc slotted home a penalty to earn the Brewers a well-deserved three points.

Speaking after the game, PDP Player Performance Coach Shaun Barker said: “Every single lad played their part, everyone did their bit which is a huge marker in terms of the bravery of the boys to show the willingness to get around the pitch for your teammate and I loved that.

“It’s the level of detail that the lads took on, understood and delivered that was so impressing, I don’t think Kamil (Dudek) had a save to make in goal which tells you how defensively solid we were as a group.

“It was enjoyable, it was hard work and it was a graft but the lads thoroughly deserved the three points,” he said.

After a tricky period for Albion, Barker was delighted to see how the team performed against one of the top sides in the league.

“Mansfield are a very good team, they’ve been sat at the top of the table for long time, winning four or five on the bounce and we’ve struggled for form as of late.

“We know that as of late, we've been a bit below par and it’s important that people see those parts because U18’s football is full of ups and downs, but you want those moments as it means these performances are even more special.”

“To turn up and put in that kind of performance and win the game after being down to ten men for 55 minutes is a fantastic achievement.

“A couple of the boys who have been on loan, played 90 minutes yesterday and still came and played today, showing real heart and character to get through for the team and ensure that we’re in the top half of that merit league for when it starts on Saturday.”

“Conor Pace played 90 minutes yesterday and he was supposed to be on the bench today if we needed him, but he said he felt okay to start and once he started, there was absolutely no way he was coming off because he was outstanding and really showed his character.

“Everyone did their bit and I could go through the whole team and say how well they did but everyone should take credit and it was a very enjoyable game to be a part of on the coaching team.”

The win puts the Young Brewers in the top half of the league meaning that they will play against the other teams in the top six in a merit league starting this Saturday.

Speaking on the merit league, Barker said: “For long periods of the season we were near the top of the league and as of late it might’ve been the case that we weren’t going to be in that top half, for when the league splits, which would’ve been devastating.

“Based on the performances throughout the season and some of the results we’ve come away with, winning the game today and securing that top half status meant everything to the boys, and we can see that in their reaction after the whistle.”


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