Beavon’s strike puts Brew­ers in heaven

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Alex Smith

DIS­CI­PLINE made all the dif­fer­ence ac­cord­ing to Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink as he watched his Bur­ton Al­bion side go top of the League One ta­ble with a 1-0 vic­tory over Swin­don Town.

Stu­art Beavon struck Bur­ton’s first ever goal at the County Ground just be­fore the half-hour mark to en­sure the visi­tors leapfrogged Wal­sall and Gilling­ham to the di­vi­sion’s sum­mit.

Has­sel­baink, who has led Bur­ton to six wins in their first eight games in the third tier fol­low­ing pro­mo­tion from League Two last term, was de­lighted with the ap­pli­ca­tion shown by his play­ers in their negat­ing of the hosts.

“We closed them down and made it un­com­fort­able for them and didn’t let them come into their game. Then we pen­e­trated when we needed to pen­e­trate,” said the Dutch­man.

“We had more chances to score two or three more.We didn’t but the or­gan­i­sa­tion was re­ally good and Swin­don didn’t have an an­swer to our press­ing and made mis­takes.

“They are a very good team if you let them be but we were not pre­pared to let them be.We put them in an un­com­fort­able place.

“We know Swin­don is ‘pass, pass, pass, pass’. They make their keeper their sweeper. So then you have to be brave and go to their keeper and lock one area off, and that’s what we did.

“When you come to Swin­don if you think you can match them with the ball then you are crazy. That’s what they do re­ally well. So we needed to get them as much as pos­si­ble with­out the ball.”

Swin­don rarely forced vis­it­ing goal­keeper Jon McLaugh­lin into a save, with Wes Thomas and Yaser Kasim com­ing clos­est for the Robins, and man­ager Mark Cooper lamented his team’s lethargy in mid­field af­ter the match.

“We knew what they (Bur­ton) were go­ing to do and they did it very well,” said Cooper. “We helped them on their way by giv­ing them a goal, with a lack of re­spon­si­bil­ity again.We didn’t cre­ate enough to get back in the game.We were sloppy in pos­ses­sion, we could have had a tro­phy for back-passes – we’d have won it easily.

“We have to be bet­ter at the other end.We needed to play quicker. Ev­ery­thing was slow; it was like a tes­ti­mo­nial game and there’s work that needs to be done there. The goal­keeper prob­a­bly had the most touches from pass-backs.

“Mid­field play­ers were hav­ing five touches in­stead of two or one and in the first half our wide for­wards were very in­ef­fec­tive. We didn’t play quick enough and the only way you can beat a team in a block like that is to move it quickly across the pitch.”



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