Burton set out to stop Posh playing and they carried out the plan to perfection to claim a shock win
Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s tactical masterplan worked perfectly as the Brewers knocked Posh off the top of the League One table wuth a 2-1 win at the Pirelli Stadium today (March 6).
Hasselbaink wanted a tight game with little rhythm to it and that’s exactly what he got as Burton, bottom of the table when the new manager arrived in January, won for a remarkable seventh time in nine matches.
Burton, who effectively won the game with two goals in three second-half minutes, are up to 18th and they are four points above the drop zone.
Hasselbaink told the Burton FC media team: “That’s how we had to approach the game. If we let them play, then we were going to lose. We needed a tight game and to put the pressure on them as much as possible and then we needed to make chances for ourselves. At times we could have done that better, but that is a process of getting better with the ball. But overall, I thought it was very good performance and we made it very difficult for them to get in their stride.
“We needed to break their rhythm and we did that really well.
“But even at 2-0 it was far from over as they are a very good team. They changed formation. They are not, for nothing, top of the league, and they have really good forwards. When you play against these teams your goalkeeper has to make saves, your defenders have to block shots and we did.
“We limited them to very few chances and my back four was for the majority of the time was very good and the two in front of them, Mancienne and Edwards, did a magnificent job.
“They were disappointed to not get the clean sheet and that’s the mentality we are trying to get into – not to sit out, and not to give a goal away. They were upset about it and that for me says enough, that’s what I want.”