Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and his Burton Albion side will welcome Middlesbrough to the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday night, in a reunion with one of the Dutchman's former clubs.Hasselbaink was with Boro for two seasons between 2004 and 2006, where he enjoyed a successful period in front of goal. In 2004/05, he was the club's most prolific talisman, notching 13 goals in 36 Premier League appearances as the Riverside men finished seventh.
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The solid campaign resulted in qualification for the UEFA Cup the following season, and it was a run to remember for Hasselbaink and his team-mates in Europe.
Managed by Steve McClaren, Boro qualified by finishing top of their group, and knocked out heavyweights such as VfB Stuttgart, AS Roma, FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest en route to the final, before falling to Sevilla in the showpiece.
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It was a magnificent streak supplemented by Hasselbaink's goals once again, as he hit 18 in 44 appearances in all competitions.
He now faces them for the first time in the dugout, and he's had a pretty strong start to life as a manger also. Last term, he guided Burton to the Sky Bet League 2 title, and is now operating in League 1, where he has guided them to three wins in four matches so far.
The 43-year-old will lead the Brewers out against Middlesbrough in what is just the second meeting between the two sides. Their only other clash came in the FA Cup back in 2010, and it ended in a Burton victory, when Shaun Harrad scored two late goals to seal a 2-1 victory.
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