BREWERS KNOW HOW TO SCRAP
BURTON ALBION boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was delighted with his side’s fighting spirit as the table-toppers dug deep to beat Southend.
Luke Prosser’s 51st-minute own goal saw the Brewers secure all three points at the Pirelli Stadium.
But Hasselbaink admitted Albion were forced to dig deep for the win as a determined Southend created a flurry of late chances.
“It was not a classic and it wasn’t exciting either,” he said.
“It was very difficult and we had to battle for it. We had to be organised and get to the second balls.We did that well but we were fortunate for the goal.
“If you don’t keep knocking at the door then you’re not going to get it.
“I think Southend will be feeling hard done by but we battled to get the win.
“It was a very good three points and you need to be able to win all types of games.
“This was a fighting game and we adapted well to win it.”
Nasser El Khayati and Mark Duffy both came close to firing Burton in front early on before captain John Mousinho headed wide of the left post from eight yards.
Southend replied with Joe Pigott having a header scrambled to safety by Brewers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.
But the hosts started the second half strongly with Matty Palmer having a 20-yard shot deflected just inches wide of the right post.
Burton made the breakthrough in the 51st minute when Prosser deflected Tom Naylor’s low 20-yard shot into the back of his own net.
The own goal was Prosser’s second at the Pirelli Stadium in the space of five seasons and proved to be the winner for the Brewers.
Southend pushed hard for an equaliser with Pigott wasting their best chance to score when he latched onto a long clearance from Bentley only to see his tame, left-footed shot blocked by McLaughlin.
Former Leyton Orient frontman David Mooney then also headed a left-wing cross from Myles Weston straight at Burton goalkeeper McLaughlin.
And Shrimpers boss Phil Brown felt his side were unfortunate to suffer their first away defeat of the season.
“It was a good away performance from us,” said Brown.
“We threw the kitchen sink at them and Joe Pigott and David Mooney both wasted great chances to score.
“To lose to a goal like that is disappointing and I do feel as though the best team lost.
“Burton showed their resilience and winning games like that is why they’re at the top of the table.
“But we didn’t come out the traps at the start of the second half and that’s the reason why we’ve lost.
“We deserved at least a point, if not three, but the breaks just didn’t go our way.”
STAR MAN MARK DUFFY
Burton NAILED IT: Tom Naylor celebrates Burton’s goal