Brewers started an hour too late - Hasselbaink

Burton Albion 1-2 MK Dons

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 3:13 am
Updated Sunday, 21st March 2021, 3:18 am
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Burton needed an hour to find their groove against MK Dons on Saturday, according to their manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. But he admitted by then, it was already too late.

Trailing to Scott Fraser's first-half penalty - his 11th goal of the season - and Warren O'Hora's header on the hour, the Brewers were sparked into life as they piled the pressure on in the closing stages. They were given a lifeline when Lucas Akins converted from the spot after Ethan Laird fouled Tom Hamer with 15 minutes to go, but their poor opening hour would ultimately cost them according to Hasselbaink.

“We didn’t start playing until the last 30 minutes and that was too late," he said. “We didn’t do certain things right and we need to do better. Our 50-50s we didn’t win, and when you are playing a side who are comfortable on the ball you need to win them and then you need to play and try and hurt them.

“Some players struggled today. I don’t think it’s about tiredness, they just didn’t have their best game. That can happen.

“It’s a defeat, and it’s disappointing but when we win, I say we need to move on and with this loss we also won’t dwell on it and we will move on. We have another game on Tuesday and we need a reaction from the group.”