Has­sel­baink wants to top ta­ble

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Woods

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?”

PARTY TIME: Bur­ton Al­bion play­ers cel­e­brate pro­mo­tion

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

COOL HAND LU­CAS: Bur­ton Al­bion's Lu­cas Akins scores their sec­ond goal from the penalty spot


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