Scot Jon has last laugh for Brew­ers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Con­nor

JIMMY Floyd Has­sel­baink was sat­is­fied with a less than beau­ti­ful dis­play of foot­ball from Bur­ton, de­spite the Brew­ers miss­ing the chance to tem­po­rar­ily move top of League Two at Southend.

Brew­ers keeper Jon McLaugh­lin made a string of fine saves to keep the scores level as Phil Brown’s side – beaten by Bur­ton in last sea­son’s play-off semi-fi­nal – threw ev­ery­thing and the kitchen sink at the vis­i­tors.

But Has­sel­baink has now lost just once in six games as Al­bion boss, and ad­mit­ted their fight­ing spirit was the key to grind­ing out the point.

“We did mag­nif­i­cently well,” he said.“It was a phys­i­cal test and we knew that from the start it was go­ing to be a game of men.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult place to come, and to play with that kind of character, com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion was very im­por­tant.

“I’ve said to them that they can­not play beau­ti­fully ev­ery game. Some­times you have to fight for what you want and it was one of those games.

“They started like a house on fire and we had to come up with an an­swer.

“I’m very proud of the boys – they stuck to­gether.

“At times we could’ve played a lit­tle bit bet­ter, but it was just one of those games that character would shine through if you wanted to get a re­sult here.”

Ke­van Hurst came clos­est to open­ing the scor­ing, turn­ing well and fir­ing a low ef­fort wide three min­utes in but nei­ther side regis­tered a shot on tar­get in the first half.

But McLaugh­lin had to be alert at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod to push Ben Coker’s low free-kick around the post, and Bur­ton re­sponded ten min­utes later as Stu­art Beavon hit an ef­fort straight at Daniel Bent­ley.

McLaugh­lin then pro­duced two saves to deny Southend tar­get­man Barry Corr, the sec­ond a stun­ning stop as he some­how tipped a closerange header over the bar on 62 min­utes from Hurst’s free­kick.

And while Shrimpers boss Brown was dis­ap­pointed not to come away with the win, he was de­lighted with the de­fen­sive re­sponse after they went down 4-1 to Wy­combe last week.

“I’m very pleased be­cause Bur­ton are a good side and we’ve de­fended well against them,” he said.

“Last week­end it hurt me see­ing us con­cede four goals like that at Wy­combe and this was for more like it.

“We showed more re­solve, good character and dis­ci­pline and I was de­lighted with how we de­fended.

“In the end it was a good point for both teams and it wasn’t for the want of try­ing that we didn’t get the win.”

STAR MAN JON McLAU

GH­LIN Bur­ton

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