Stevenage made us ‘suffer’, says Burton Albion boss

John Mousinho in his second spell at Stevenage.

John Mousinho in his second spell at Stevenage. - Credit: Archant

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said Stevenage made his Burton Albion ‘suffer’ in the first half of last night’s 1-1 draw in League 2.

The Albion manager saw his side fall behind to an early own goal before pulling back level when a Keith Keane clearance went in off Bira Dembele just before the break.

After half-time, Burton dominated the game but despite having a number of chances, including Phil Edwards heading against the post, they were unable to find a winner.

“Stevenage came here with a game plan and the first half they were very good, they really let us suffer,” the Burton boss said.

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“Sometimes you have to suffer to appreciate the other bits and pieces.

“I think the second half, we deserved more out of the game than just a point. They scored out of an own goal, it was not a [Kevin] Lisbie goal, and then we scored, but I have no idea who scored.

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“But then if you look at the second half I think it was all us. We had a few chances and we looked like the team to score, but it wasn’t meant to be and a point is not bad and we move on.”

Former Boro midfielder John Mousinho played in defence for Burton in the game, and afterwards said: “We came in at half-time knowing that maybe we’d been a bit lucky to [be] at 1-1 and we’d been given a lifeline.

“Having said that, I don’t think Stevenage had too many clear-cut chances but they probably had the better of the play.

“The fans were getting frustrated. I think we were frustrated with ourselves the way that we were playing. Trying to over play it in the middle of the park, especially.

“Lisbie got in behind our back line a couple of times. They were looking quite effective.

“The important thing was that we came in at half-time and then we reacted brilliantly.

“I was a spectator for most of the second half, I really didn’t have too much to do, and that’s credit to how the lads went about their play.”

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