The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Steve Har­ris

JIMMY Floyd Has­sel­baink was in­tro­duced to the cruel life of a League Two man­ager as Christian Ribeiro’s 87thminute equaliser de­nied him a third win from four in charge of Bur­ton – and he didn’t like it one bit.

Ja­cob Blyth’s fifth goal of the sea­son for the Brew­ers in the 60th minute looked to have been enough to seal all three points and a third win for Has­sel­baink as Bur­ton boss since be­ing ap­pointed as suc­ces­sor to Birm­ing­ham-bound Gary Rowett.

But Ex­eter had other ideas and Ribeiro rose high­est to head home a cor­ner from Matt Grimes to se­cure a point for the Gre­cians with three min­utes to go and en­sure Has­sel­baink’s men re­main out­side the top three.

“I feel for the boys be­cause they did ever so well, they de­served the three points but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Has­sel­baink.

“You know you are go­ing to come un­der pres­sure at cer­tain stages of the match and you will have to de­fend your cor­ners, but un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t.

“But take noth­ing away from the boys they’ve done me proud. I must say that we have played four tough teams.

“One was the top of the league; one was just be­hind us in the league and one was rel­e­gated into this league last sea­son and it was nearly nine points out of four.”

The first real chance of the game fell to Gre­cians’ Alex Ni­cholls, on loan from League Two ri­vals Northamp­ton, who blasted over from inside the penalty area with 19 min­utes on the clock.

Bur­ton’s first ef­fort on tar­get came three min­utes later when Shane Cans­dell-Sher­riff headed a cor­ner from Bryn Mor­ris straight at Ex­eter keeper Justin Ha­mon.

Northamp­ton loa­nee Ni­cholls went close again for the Gre­cians, this time five min­utes be­fore the break, when he made a burst­ing run down the right-hand side, but he fired his shot straight at Bur­ton keeper Jon McLaugh­lin.

The break­through fi­nally came on the hour mark when Blyth turned home a cross from Alex MacDon­ald, fol­low­ing a dummy from Stu­art Beavon, as he slot­ted home from six yards out.

Brew­ers sub­sti­tute Adam McGurk nearly ended the game as a contest on 78 min­utes – two min­utes after com­ing on – but his shot was de­flected wide for a cor­ner.

Three min­utes from time, Ribeiro pow­er­fully headed home Grimes’ cor­ner to se­cure a valu­able point for the hosts, much to the re­lief of Ex­eter man­ager Paul Tis­dale.

“It’s all about re­sults and we got a good point in the end,” said Tis­dale.

“The play­ers gave ev­ery­thing, it wasn’t as fluid or as silky as it has been re­cently but it doesn’t mat­ter.

“There comes a point where you have to changes things and throw one or two ideas around to change the game around and if it takes a set piece to do it then so be it.

“So from be­ing a goal down with ten to 15 min­utes to go, we got a goal back late on and scored from a set piece. So all in all, we got a good point.”

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