Ref­eree steps in to save Brew­ers

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Stephen Thirkill

FU­RI­OUS Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink de­scribed this Bur­ton Al­bion per­for­mance as rub­bish af­ter their 2-1 win over Peterborough United.

The Brew­ers raced into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Nasser El Khay­ati and Stu­art Beavon ei­ther side of half-time.

But Al­bion switched off and were left des­per­ately hang­ing on af­ter Mar­cus Mad­di­son pulled a goal back, be­fore Jer­maine An­der­son’s 97th-minute goal was chalked off for a foul for ten-men Posh.

“It was rub­bish, the first half was rub­bish and the sec­ond half was even worse,” said Has­sel­baink.

“I am happy with the points, but not with how we played.

“At 2-0 up we got com­pla­cent and thought it was go­ing to be easy.We were very sloppy and I am not happy with the dy­namic of the team.

“We can be so much bet­ter than that and I am very dis­ap­pointed.

“We did not play the way we can do, we did not close the game out in the way we should have done.We did not play the Bur­ton Al­bion way.”

Peterborough boss Dave Robert­son ac­cused the of­fi­cials of cost­ing his side two points by get­ting the in­jury-time de­ci­sion wrong.

“An­der­son has struck the ball well and, in my opin­ion, there was no con­tact and no pulling and the goal should have stood,” he said. “The lads have re­sponded su­perbly to go­ing a man down and we threw ev­ery­thing we had at them in the clos­ing stages. The video footage shows that it was a le­git­i­mate goal and I am bit­terly dis­ap­pointed.

“I have asked my play­ers to play with more energy and de­sire to win at 0-0.We can­not just turn the spark on af­ter 60 min­utes. They are a good group of play­ers with qual­ity, but they need to dis­cover the win­ning men­tal­ity.”

Bur­ton started the bright­est with Damien McCrory, Mark Duffy and Beavon all forc­ing saves from Ben Al­nwick in the open­ing half hour.

The Brew­ers’ pres­sure fi­nally told as they went ahead on 36 min­utes when El Khay­ati smashed home his third goal in two games.

Bur­ton, who have won three out of their first four games, dou­bled their lead on 54 min­utes when Beavon pounced on a re­bound af­ter Duffy's shot had been par­ried.

The visi­tors were given a moun­tain to climb when Gabriel Zakuani was red carded for a lunge on Timmy Thiele three min­utes later.

But Mad­di­son’s 30-yard screamer into the top cor­ner gave Posh an un­likely life­line.

Coulibaly nearly lev­elled on 77 min­utes, be­fore Jer­maine An­der­son fired wide in the first of seven min­utes of in­jury time. Jon Tay­lor hit the post sec­onds be­fore An­der­son’s late goal was ruled out for shirt-pulling.

STAR MAN NASSE EL R KHAYA

TI Bur­ton

Al­bion

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