Five-star Brewers, but Jimmy not joyous
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink admitted Burton Albion’s big victory over struggling Colchester United was slightly flattering, after his side went goal crazy at the Pirelli Stadium.
The Brewers trailed after less than four minutes, only to hit back strongly to register their biggest league win of the season.
Five different Brewers got on the scoresheet but their boss felt their visitors were hard done by.
Hasselbaink said: “I don’t think that it was a 5-1 game. I thought that we were very sloppy to start with in the first 20 minutes and we did things that we normally don’t do.
“We weren’t professional and that’s why we were losing 1-0.
“In a way, we were lucky it was so early in the game, so that we could get that sorted and get it right and luckily, we did.
“I don’t think that we deserved the five goals but we made the chances and we put them away and we need to be that clinical in our next games.”
Colchester took a fourth-minute lead through Callum Harriott, who fired in a fine low shot from the edge of the area after Gavin Massey’s cross had only been partially cleared.
But Burton equalised after 25 minutes when Nasser El Khayati steered a low shot past the wall and inside Jamie Jones’ left-hand post. And the Brewers went ahead
11 minutes before the break when Mark Duffy’s shot looped in off Joe Edwards from just inside the area, following Stuart Beavon’s assist.
Burton made it 3-1 six minutes after half-time when Tom Naylor’s effort flew in off a post, after Duffy had run at the U’s defence.
Harriott hit a post just after the hour mark but the Brewers added a fourth when substitute Lucas Akins’ first-time volley flew past Jones, following Damien McCrory’s cross.
And substitute Timmy Thiele wrapped up Burton’s win with nine minutes remaining, converting Tom Naylor’s pass from close range.
The U’s interim manager Richard Hall said: “We tried to cause them problems and I thought it really worked for the first 20 minutes or so, but then the two goals went in and you think the next goal really matters.
“We conceded from another weak shot and after we had a couple of decent efforts and hit the inside of the post – it just seems that something has got to click and go right for us.
“You make your own luck though and we’ve also got to cut out the naivety at the other end.
“It’s about hard work and you get your rewards from that – we have to start putting these things right.”
STAR MAN MARK DUFFY Burton