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MANAGER'S VERDICT: OXFORD

6 April 2024

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: OXFORD

6 April 2024

MARTIN Paterson was bitterly disappointed with a Brewers performance that saw his team lose 4-0 to Oxford United.

That result coupled with Port Vale's draw at Wigan dragged the Brewers int0 the relegation places wth four games left t0 go.

It left the Burton Albion manager frustrated after drawing another blank at the Pirelli Stadium where form has deserted them.

Paterson said: “It lands on me as I’m the manager. I accept full responsibility for that performance and the performance was unprofessional in my opinion. We allowed a team that I had identified as being really dangerous on transitions with their speed in the outside areas to attack us. I know we prepare the group properly and we were aware of all their threats. The organisation is there but ultimately inside a game when pressure comes there seems to be a massive issue at home.

“I don’t think the players look like they enjoy playing here if I’m honest. They look in most moments scared and it shows. On the opposite side when we are 4-0 down we start to move the ball well because the pressure is off if we are being brutally honest.

“I have to keep my dignity and front it up as I’m the manager but I’m bitterly disappointed to have a performance like that.”

Paterson said that he knows that the Brewers now face a tough last four games as they try to secure League One football next season.

He said: “I will never back down from a challenge – that’s my nature. I know regardless of what happens that I come in every day and work my socks off. I know that I give the players everything they need to be successful. The team should be safe already but we are not. I’m a man that won’t shy away from that. I clap the crowd, win, lose or draw. I never put anyone else under the boss and I take responsibility which you have to as a manager. But there are certain things you can legislate for and some you can’t. I don’t instruct, coach or manage players to do certain things in certain moments.

“Today the atmosphere was not good and it hasn’t been good for a while but I know that I give my all. I work hard and continue to do so.”

Albion now have a free week before heading to Stevenage next Saturday.

Paterson said: “At the moment we prefer playing away. There are issues at home, that’s obvious. I know I’m giving everything, and we know there are periods at home when we have territory and good control and we just get transitioned on and they score and now we have a mountain to climb.

“It now comes down to mentality and who can play under pressure. We are in a struggling moment and we need to find something to ignite the group, start the flame. It’s a question of the group and getting them to have the right mentality.”


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