Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink criticised his team's performance despite watching them record three points with a 2-1 success over Peterborough United in Sky Bet League 1.Abdenasser El Khayati and Stuart Beavon had the Brewers 2-0 up before Gabriel Zakuani was sent off for the Posh.
The visitors managed to pull a goal back through Marcus Maddison with 20 minutes to go, setting up a tense finish, but Hasselbaink's men held on for the points.
“It was rubbish in the first half and the second half was even worse,” the manager told the club's official website.
“I was not happy with how we played, the performance or the dynamics of the team. We got sloppy and that is not Burton Albion.
"We didn't play the game out and that's not what we are about. I will take the points.
“I'm happy with the points, don't get me wrong, but we can play so much better."
Burton captain John Mousinho also conceded that the Brewers were fortunate to come away with the victory – their third three-point haul of the season, which sees them sit fifth in Sky Bet League 1.
"I thought we were lucky," he said. "In the grand scheme of things, it was a good result and Burton have beaten Peterborough but I think we just have to wake up and realise there is a massive opportunity for us this year and it's only for us to throw away.
"It's a tricky one because Peterborough are a big club who have been in the Championship recently but at the final whistle we were disappointed.
"We took our goals well, credit to the lads for that, but I think there is a lot we can improve on."