STOREY DOWNS TIRED BUR­TON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Parker

BUR­TON Al­bion boss Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink blamed fa­tigue af­ter his side was beaten by a spir­ited New­port County.

The Ex­iles recorded their sev­enth away win of the cam­paign, cour­tesy of Miles Storey’s sec­ond-half strike, and pow­ered back into the League Two play-off spots as they con­tinue to shrug off the de­par­ture of manager Justin Ed­in­burgh.

County have now won both of care­taker boss Jimmy Dack’s away fix­tures, all the more im­pres­sive as the vic­to­ries came at Wy­combe and now Bur­ton.

But Brew­ers boss Has­sel­baink felt fa­tigue was a big fac­tor.

“It is frus­trat­ing in the sense that it was al­ways go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game for us, be­cause it was our third of the week,” he said.

“But what do you do, do you change the team and ro­tate or do you give the play­ers who lost on Tues­day con­fi­dence by keep­ing faith in them?

“What­ever you say, it was hard for us and eas­ier for them, they looked fresher and we weren’t cute enough in cer­tain ar­eas.

“If our chance when we hit the post goes in you have that to take off the pres­sure, but it wasn’t meant to be for us.

“It’s only dis­ap­point­ing the way their goal went in. It is a pity, but we have to move on. If we scored first, it’s a dif­fer­ent game.”

The first half of this con­test had whizzed by with both sides full of en­deav­our but short on qual­ity, Joe Day sav­ing from Nasser El Khay­ati, Lu­cas Atkins and Adam McGurk be­fore he was prop­erly ex­tended, McGurk curl­ing past him and against the up­right.

And Dack’s side al­most made the Brew­ers pay, Jon McLaugh­lin sav­ing bril­liantly to deny Mark Byrne whose firm vol­ley looked des­tined to give the Ex­iles a shock lead.

How­ever, the Ex­iles grew with con­fi­dence and on the hour mark they did edge in front, Storey vol­ley­ing home beau­ti­fully to com­plete a fine counter-at­tack­ing move.

A re­sponse from the hosts never ma­te­ri­alised, a McGurk free-kick that drifted harm­lessly wide the clos­est they came to an un­likely equaliser.

And County boss Dack was de­lighted with the ef­fort from his charges, who are breath­ing new life into their po­ten­tial pro­mo­tion push.

“There is no doubt­ing the qual­ity of Bur­ton,” he said. “They are top for a rea­son and they al­ways put you un­der pres­sure and force things and make the af­ter­noon very dif­fi­cult.

“But I thought we dealt with that ex­tremely well and got our re­ward in the end.

“It al­ways looked like the first goal would de­cide the game and what a goal it was, a seven pass move fol­lowed by a fan­tas­tic fin­ish. It was a great goal to win a game and it was an im­pres­sive all-around team dis­play.

“We are now go­ing to take it one game at a time in terms of try­ing to get into the play-offs, we’ve had some ups and downs but hope­fully now we are back on an up.

“We’ve won at both Wy­combe and now Bur­ton.

“That shows not just the qual­ity we have but also the char­ac­ter be­ca­sue th­ese are tough places to go to.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

STING IN TALE: Miles Storey en­joys his goal STAR MAN MILES STOREY

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