BREW­ERS KNOW HOW TO SCRAP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Phillips

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.”

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