JIMMY’S BOYS ON THE MARCH
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink hailed his hardworking Burton Albion side as they climbed to second in the League Two table after recording a convincing 1-0 win over fellow promotion chasers Bury.
The Dutchman watched the Brewers stretch their unbeaten run to nine games in a match they dominated, despite the narrow margin of victory.
Defender Phil Edwards scored the only goal of the game in the second half to ensure Hasselbaink’s side were kept off the top on goal difference only.
“I thought we were really good in the first half, we looked dangerous and had a lot of chances on goal,” said Hasselbaink.
“The second half Bury came out and made it difficult for us, but we coped with it and stood firm. We were very solid and gave nothing away. Overall, it was a well deserved win.”
Hasselbaink’s in-form Brewers took complete control of the opening minutes refusing to give Bury and inch of space as they confidently dictated the pace of the game.
Burton threatened to find the opening goal of the game early on after Jacob Blyth smashed a left footed shot just wide in the second minute.
The home side piled the pressure on and only minutes later Stuart Beavon knocked the ball down nicely for Blyth, who saw his well driven shot wide.
Bury eventually settled into the game as Tom Soares saw his first shot of the game dealt with well by Jon McLaughlin, and at the other end Lucas Akins, who had been causing all sorts of problems for Bury, saw several attempts in quick succession cancelled out.
Burton were almost gifted an opener after on-loan keeper Nick Pope made hash of a clearance which fell kindly to the feet of Beavon, although skipper Nathan Cameron cut out any threat of an opener as he launched the ball to safety.
Despite Burton’s dominance, the two sides saw out the rest of the first half at a stalemate.
Bury came out with real intent after the break as they pushed forward in search of an opener.
The hosts again managed take a hold of the game and took the lead after defender Edwards got on the end of Beavon’s neat flick-on from a fierce set-piece.
Chances proved to be few and far between as Burton managed to shut out their visitors, although Bury almost grabbed a late equaliser through Daniel Nardiel- lo’s header forcing a superb last ditch save.
“It was a nearly performance for us, it never really took off the way we planned it,” said disappointed Bury boss David Flitcroft. “We knew we’d be in for a real tough battle because Burton are resilient, organised and a well structured side.
“They were difficult to break down and there was just a lack of quality about our attacking performance today.
“I’m also disappointed with our defending for their goal. We let them have free space in the box and it resulted in their match-winning goal. They managed to slog this game out better than we could today.”
ED BOY: Phil Edwards celebrates scoring the only goal for Burton STAR MAN ROBBIE WEIR Burton