JIMMY EYES TITLE AFTER BURTON GET PROMOTION
Hasselbaink wants to top table
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink says there will be no holiday mood at Burton Albion as he aims to clinch the League Two title after watching his side win promotion following victory at Morecambe.
A Lucas Akins double was enough to ensure the Brewers were toasting League One football for the first time in their history, despite a late goal from Morecambe skipper Mark Hughes and a first half penalty miss from Damien McCrory.
Hasselbaink and his players were made to wait several minutes after the final whistle as six minutes of added time were played in Wycombe’s match, but the Chairboys’ draw with AFC Wimbledon confirmed the Brewers’ promotion.
Amidst celebrations from fans and players alike, Hasselbaink was refusing to get too carried away.
“We want to end the season on a high and we want to finish number one,” he said. “There’s no holiday mood yet we want to go on until the end of the season.
“I am very happy because of the win and the manner how, we played very well, we matched them in terms of work rate, we were in control.
“I’m very delighted to say we are going up, but we are not finished yet. We have just got one target and now we are going to try and get the second target.”
After a dominant start Burton were
presented with a chance to take the lead when Laurence Wilson tripped Stuart Beavon inside the box.
But McCrory struck his spot kick down the middle and against the legs of Arestidou to the delight of the home fans.
Barely a minute later and McCrory was feeling better as Akins put his side in front sparking wild celebrations from the travelling fans.
After being played clean through on goal by Beavon, the forward kept his composure and side-footed through the legs of Arestidou despite a last-ditch attempt at a clearance from sliding Morecambe skipper Mark Hughes.
The Brewers continued to dominate after half-time and were awarded a second penalty just before the hour when Arestidou, who had been in excellent form in the Morecambe goal, brought down Kevin Stewart inside the box after the midfielder had caught him dwelling on a backpass from Shaun Beeley.
Akins, enjoying a memorable afternoon in the Lancashire sunshine, succeeded where McCrory had earlier failed and sent Arestidou the wrong way, side-footing into the right corner of the net.
The winger’s second all but confirmed the victory and Hasselbaink was also quick to praise the early season work of Akins’ former boss Gary Rowett once promotion was sealed.
“Gary Rowett has started this journey and started the season very well,” Hasselbaink added. “We have taken it over and we needed to kick on but not lose the good work that Gary has done.”
The home side did make it a nervy finish for the visitors when skipper Hughes thumped in a header which Jon McLaughlin couldn’t keep out, after getting on the end of substitute Paul Mullin’s inswing- ing cross in the final minute.
In spite of his side’s late rally, Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was less than impressed with his side’s performance.
“We made too many critical errors,” he said.“They shot right out of the traps, every time it went to the keeper and every time it went to one of our defenders they swarmed around us.
“We were dilly-dallying at the back and trying little stupid turns and passes across the backline that invited the pressure and it was typified with the first goal.
“What happened to row Z or smash it as far as you can when you’re under pressure?”
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