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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hails Burton Albion professionalism

13 April 2015

Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was quick to praise his side's professionalism after they beat Luton Town 1-0 at Kenilworth Road.

Matty Palmer's deflected goal in the 79th minute secured three points that put the Brewers 11 points clear of fourth-placed Bury, who have five games left to play, in Sky Bet League 2.

Hasselbaink was thrilled that his side overcame John Still’s men on their own patch.

He said: “They [Luton] are playing for this wonderful crowd who are going to be their 12th man.

"I think at stages we controlled the game, they had no chances, or maybe a 50/50 one. It was a tight game as it's always going to be, and you know that we can score at any moment, especially when we have runners forward.

"The position that Matty was in, that's the position we want him in, in front of goal, and shooting at goal.

"It was a professional performance and we needed to be professional, needed to be right, needed to be very disciplined and hard to beat and I think we were that. I'm very delighted with three points."

Luton boss John Still felt his side paid the price for missed chances.

Paul Benson volleyed over, Michael Harriman fired into the side-netting and Elliot Lee headed off target in the first period for the hosts.

Benson went close in the second period, too, while Scott Griffiths blazed over when clean through.

Even after Burton took the lead, Town could still have rescued a point but leading scorer Mark Cullen lofted over the top when given a sight of goal.

The defeat - an eighth in nine league games - leaves Luton three points off a Play-Off place and running out of time to find the form required to launch a promotion bid.

Still said: "We had three great chances, they had one deflected shot, what can we do about that?

"We've played well, had chances, haven't won, but that's football. I'm really pleased with how we played and disappointed not to have got something from the game.

"We wanted to come out and attack and I think we did. I actually thought we ground them down, the movement for Scott's chance was a fantastic move.

"If I look at the 90-minute game, playing a team that's in good form and in good spirits. To limit them to very little, I was very pleased."

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