MICKY STAYS POS­I­TIVE AS BUR­TON ARE TOO CLIN­I­CAL

Adams is tar­get­ing four vic­to­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Richard Gar­nett

MICKY Adams is not about to let a hefty de­feat to high-fly­ing Bur­ton Al­bion drag down the mood at Pren­ton Park as Tran­mere con­tinue their bid for sur­vival.

The Brew­ers raced into a two-goal lead in the space of four min­utes through Damien McCrory and Lu­cas Akins but were pegged back by Kay­ode Ode­jayi be­fore half time.

Max Power then missed a sec­ond­half penalty for Rovers be­fore Ab­de­nasser El Khay­ati and a late own goal from Adam Dug­dale com­pleted the rout, earn­ing Bur­ton a fourth con­sec­u­tive win.

Adams said: “You can look at 4-1 and say we’ve been bat­tered there but I don’t think that was the case. They were clin­i­cal. There were key mo­ments in the game that could have al­tered the score.

“I felt the ball was out of play on the near touch­line be­fore they scored their first and then there was the penalty miss. They’re defin­ing mo­ments and we’ve talked about them all sea­son.

“Is that the dif­fer­ence be­tween top and bot­tom? When they’ve got their chances they put them away when we need more chances than them to score. But we’ve cer­tainly got to de­fend bet­ter, there’s no doubt about that.

“To­day’s not a game that’s go­ing to de­fine our sea­son. We’re play­ing top of

the ta­ble. They’re clear by five points. We had to be at our best to­day to beat them and we weren’t. We’ve got pun­ished be­cause of some slack de­fend­ing.

“We prob­a­bly need four wins out of the eight re­main­ing fix­tures and that’s prob­a­bly bet­ter than any­thing we’ve pro­duced this sea­son, so it’s go­ing to be tough.”

On their first ever trip to Pren­ton Park, Bur­ton took the lead on 18 min­utes when McCrory re­ceived the ball from Stu­art Beavon and smashed home left-footed in­side the box, fol­low­ing pow­er­ful play from Akins.

Four min­utes later the league lead­ers went two up, when Akins blasted home from close range af­ter Fon Wil­liams had saved his ini­tial ef­fort. But Ode­jayi pulled Rovers back into the match ten min­utes be­fore half time with an out­stand­ing 25-yard half vol­ley.

The hosts – who have only kept three clean sheets at home all sea­son – re-emerged in the sec­ond half a more pos­i­tive team and were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute when Phillip Ed­wards hauled down Ode­jayi in the box. But Max Power’s right- footed spot kick was su­perbly saved by Jon McLaugh­lin – the goal­keeper’s sec­ond penalty save in suc­ces­sive matches.

Rovers pushed for an equaliser but the Brew­ers re­stored a two-goal cush­ion with 20 min­utes to play when Akins found El Khay­ati in the penalty area be­fore the Dutch­man hooked the ball into the net in front of the joy­ous away sup­port­ers.

Bur­ton’s victory was com­plete when the luck­less Adam Dug­dale di­verted a cross into his own net in the closing stages.

Al­bion manager Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink said: “We started a lit­tle bit too ar­ro­gant, think­ing that we have to do more than we have to do – tak­ing an ex­tra touch, an ex­tra pass – while we didn’t have to do that.

“Then they come more in the game and they score a worldie. Then you are on the back foot be­cause you didn’t do what you used to do five or ten min­utes ago.

“But the longer it went that they didn’t score a sec­ond, I al­ways felt that we had a chance to score a third goal.

“We are a lit­tle bit lucky that Jon McLaugh­lin is in good form and saved the penalty.You need those mo­ments in your year. That was the mo­ment for us. We knew that it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult.

“We took our chances re­ally well and we looked some­times when we were on the break re­ally danger­ous.”

CON­CEN­TRA­TION: Max Power sends his penalty on its way, but Jon Mclaugh­lin saved

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