We should have gone on to win that easily, says Scott
SCOTT Fraser says Burton Albion’s players spoke at half-time about beating Gillingham 4-2 or 5-2 despite being two goals behind at the break.
Fraser had one of Burton’s numerous near-misses in the first half, when he struck a post with a curling free kick.
Liam Boyce looped a header on to the crossbar, Ben Fox saw an effort cleared off the line, Lucas Akins knocked a close-range chance wide and Gills goalkeeper Tomas Holy kept out several other shots as the pressure mounted.
It was the visitors in control at the break, though, as Elliott List and Callum Reilly struck - and Fraser’s second-half double would count for little when Josh Rees grabbed a stoppage-time winner for Steve Lovell’s side.
“It’s just pure frustration,” said Fraser when asked what the Albion dressing room was like at full-time.
“Even at half-time, nobody was panicking.
“We spoke about going and winning the game 4-2 or 5-2, because that should’ve been the scoreline at half-time.
“Again, it’s the story of the start of our season - we’ve just been punished for not taking our chances.
“When we got to 2-2, I still think we should have gone on and won it.
“That’s where the frustration is now. It’s just pure frustration in the changing room.
“We know how good we are, we’ve shown how good we are for large parts of the season.
“We’ve played extremely well in most games. I can only think of maybe two or three where we’ve not been good, the rest of them we’ve had spells in games where we should’ve won them.
“We just need to learn to be more ruthless at both ends of the park.”
Fraser’s double took his tally to six goals in his first season of English football.
Both strikes illustrated the midfielder’s dynamism and keen eye for the target - and he is flourishing in Burton’s 4-3-3 system.
Unsurprisingly, though, he would have sacrificed those efforts for three points at the weekend.
“I think the way we play football suits me,” added the 23-year-old.
“It allows me to express myself. I’ve got a gaffer who believes in me, knows how good I can be and he lets me go and play.
“Thankfully, today I managed to get myself on the scoresheet with a couple of goals.
“But I’d have taken anybody getting on the scoresheet if we’d have won it.”