Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admitted his side were fortunate to come away from their game against Sunderland with three points following their midweek clash.
The Brewers won thanks to a spectacular goal from Jonny Smith midway through the second half and have now won their opening three games of the season.
Lee Johnson’s side were a constant threat throughout the game, creating a number of chances before Smith put Burton 1-0 up. Sunderland put Burton under significant pressure, particularly in the first half when the Black Cats were made to rue a number of missed chances.
Ben Garratt was the main difference between the sides, making a number of key saves in their win. He most notably kept out Aiden McGeady, who raced through one-on-one in the first only to see his dink tipped wide by Garratt.
Despite the win, Hasselbaink admitted his side rode their luck at times via the club website: “We rode our luck, especially in the first half but let’s not forget that they have very good players, and you know they will have spells in the game when you need to defend in numbers.”
Hasselbaink also praised goalkeeper Ben Garratt for his display, with the former Crewe man being pivotal in the win: “It was a day when we needed our goalkeeper to be in top form and he was. Don’t get me wrong I’m very happy with the result but it’s still just three points and it’s still a process and there’s still improvements to be made, work to be done.”
Sunderland will be frustrated coming away from the Pirelli with nothing. They created enough chances to win the game two or three goals but for an inspired performance from Ben Garratt in the Burton goal.
It shouldn’t worry Sunderland boss Lee Johnson too much though, as his side remained creative throughout the game and were unfortunate to have their equaliser chalked off in injury time.
However, if they do have ambitions for promotion this season, they can’t afford to have too many games like this.