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GARY MILLS' POST-BOLTON REACTION

1 January 2024

Club News

GARY MILLS' POST-BOLTON REACTION

1 January 2024

GARY Mills was disappointed that the effort of his players on a tough away day at Bolton earned no reward.

Albion produced a solid defensive display against the team currently second in the table and restricted Bolton to very few chances. The only goal was an unfortunate affair, with Jon Brayford sliding in but hitting Jasper Moon with his clearance and the ball bouncing back into the net.

Mills said: “It is what it is. We don’t moan; all we ask for is application and effort and that the boys execute the game plan which is something they did fantastically well and we are proud of them.”

Going in 0-0 at the break Albion had plenty of reason to be confident as Bolton had produced few real threats.

Mills said: “The message at half time was that we wanted to try and win the game. We didn’t want to open it up and let them hit us on the counter though. The lads are disappointed and rightly so as the effort they put in today was fantastic. The effort they have put in over this tough period of football has been immense. To come out of that period with seven points is something we should be proud of.

“The lads deserve the credit – it’s only about the players and how good they are. They put in a good performance today again and you can see the appreciation they got from the fans, so a big thank you to them from all of us.”

The disappointment was that the Brewers couldn't find a goal to match the performance.

Mills said: “The back half of the pitch and the  organisation in defence is very good but we have to work on getting those killer moments. We get into the final third a lot but it’s about having that killer edge, that bit of quality to get us a goal.”

The caretaker manager’s pre-match plans were scuppered just before kick-off when Steve Seddon, originally named in the starting line-up had to be replaced by Kwadwo Baah prompting a shuffle of the pack.

Mills said: “It was his hamstring. He felt it in the warm up so we had to be careful with that one. But it showed how together the group is that we just got on with it. It disrupts things a bit but we got on with the game plan and it was credit to Bobby Kamwa that he slotted into that position seamlessly.”

The Brewers next game is at home to Wycombe on Saturday where they will be looking to build on the last two performances at the Pirelli Stadium which were both 1-0 wins.

Mills said: “We can have a couple of days now on the grass. Rest a few who need it. It has been relentless but enjoyable.”


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