Hasselbaink explains what Burton Albion lacked in heavy final day defeat

Burton finish 16th in League One, marking an incredible turnaround

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has explained why he was unimpressed with Burton Albion’s season-concluding 4-0 defeat to League One play-off side Oxford United.

The Brewers boss said that the Staffordshire club failed to find a “different edge” to their game.

He admitted that as a result his side “didn’t turn up” as their opponents clinched a place in the top six.

Oxford’s opener came after just 10 minutes through Olamide Shodipo.

The lead was then doubled 18 minutes later through Matty Taylor.

The U’s added two more after half-time through Elliott Lee and Sam Winnall.

Speaking to the club’s website, Hasselbaink was left frustrated with how his side finished the campaign.

He said: “I think we were far off it. You have seen us in so many matches, especially away, and that was not us – they were better.

“We didn’t put them under enough pressure.

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“They were good today, we were not and we didn’t turn up, and I’m very disappointed because we want to end the season in the right way”

Although a dud game for his side, Hasselbaink was left disappointed with his team’s display throughout the 90 minutes.

He added: “It is hard because when the stress and the meaning of the game is off for you, you need to find a different edge and as a group we didn’t find that today.”


Hasselbaink lauds over survival efforts

Since joining for a second stint at the club on New Year’s Day, he has taken Burton from the bottom of League One to a final position 16th and ten points away from the drop zone.

Although the season ended in defeat, Hasselbaink hailed the efforts of his team since his arrival.

He said: “Don’t get me wrong, the boys have been absolutely brilliant up to today, absolutely magnificent, and thank God we have done it with three games to go.”

Burton finish four places lower than their final league position last season.

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