We should have gone on to win that eas­ily, says Scott

Burton Mail - - Sport - By JOSHUA MUR­RAY joshua.mur­[email protected]­plc.com @JoshuaMur­rayBM

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.”

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