Date: 14th September 2015 at 6:54pm
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Manager Keith Hill was left utterly frustrated at full time in the one nil defeat to Burton Albion at the weekend.

A first half goal from the hosts was enough to give them all three points on the day, and an unhappy Hill told the Official Site that he felt even the pitch worked against us on the day given how we like to play.

‘There was a sticky pitch. I`m led to believe the grounds man said that the opposition manager didn`t want the pitch watering – one of the reasons is probably because of the way we play. It was a very frustrating day, but listen, the last time we lost 1-0 here we got promoted.’

It wasn’t a case of excuses though, he was honest enough in his summation to admit that first half especially Burton were the better side and coped with things better on the day.

‘I think the opposition were better than us in the first half, with respect to their honesty and their commitment, but in the second half I think they`d settled for a 1-0. I think maybe it could have gone to 2-0 or 3-0 at times on the counter attack, but I thought we showed a lack of intelligence with our thirst for an equalising goal and it was too obvious. I expect a little bit more intelligence from that group of players. Sometimes when you`re desperate, you do desperate things and they`re not true to your character or a reflection of the team, and I think we`ve become a little bit desperate. We probably walked further away from our identity in the second half than we have done for a long time.’

For their goal, he went on to say that whilst it was a marvellous ball in, he was obviously disappointed to have conceded from a set piece, but with various issues surrounding the goal and the booking for Joe Rafferty again he admits he couldn’t really argue.

‘We should of dealt with the first phase of that better. For Joe Rafferty to get booked for the actual challenge is a bit of on an insult in itself. All these games are marginal. We should deal with the first phase, the set play and the screener better, and arguable Joe Rafferty, but he tells me he has a push in the back. I`ve had a look at it and I`ve got no complaints. I couldn`t argue that it`s a push in the back – it`s more like a love tap and Joe Raff should be a bit more responsible, but it`s not solely down to Joe Raff. It`s the responsibility to defend that free kick.’

Hill went on to joke that whilst it was a tight game, despite our ‘lethargic’ manner in possession of the ball, he put that down to the pitch.

‘If I was Jimmy (Floyd-Hasselbaink) I would tell his grounds man to keep a few more secrets.’

With Lewis Alessndra and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing both getting their debuts for the club as second half substitutes, Hill went on to say of their performances.

‘It`s difficult under these situations because we were chasing the game. We`re throwing them on and we`re trying to come up with a formulation to try and effect the opposition – I would say that it didn`t work. I`ve seen encouragement from both those players in training and on Wednesday night (Manchester United), but you know, arguably in a game that we should have controlled we decided to go direct. It`s difficult to get your messages on, but like I said, when your desperate you do desperate things. It was the obvious choice for our players to go through Calvin Andrew, but it was also the easiest choice and it was the easiest one to defend for the opposition.’

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