🎥 EFL Performance of the Weekend: Hasselbaink's blistering Burton

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Alex Mott

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It’s been two months now but it’s safe to say that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s return to Burton has been a rip-roaring success.

Burton Albion 2
Peterborough United 1
Full time

The former Chelsea striker was hired on New Year’s Day, tasked with keeping the Brewers in League One after they slid to bottom of the division under ex-boss Jake Buxton.

But since losing 5-1 to Oxford in his first game, Hasselbaink’s side have beaten in just two more games, going on a brilliant run of six wins in eight.

They completed a remarkable turnaround under the Dutchman this weekend as high-flying Peterborough came to the Pirelli Stadium looking for the win that would take them top of the division.

But this is a new, resolute Burton who aren’t overawed by anyone in League One.

Posh had the lion’s share of possession and the better of the chances, but could do nothing as Kane Hemmings and Hayden Carter gave the Brewers yet another win.

What a job Jimmy is doing in a second spell.

Honourable mentions

Another weekend, another huge win for Swansea who beat Middlesbrough on Saturday thanks to a stoppage time penalty from Jordan Ayew.

Steve Cooper’s side won a frantic game 2-1 but the main talking point at the Liberty Stadium was referee Gavin Ward who had a shocking afternoon.

After disallowing a perfectly legitimate Marc Bola goal for the visitors, the official then pointed to the penalty spot with 97 minutes gone despite Boro’s George Saville taking the ball in a challenge with Ayew.

Neil Warnock was rightly furious at full-time with his side now outside of the play-offs following wins for Barnsley and Bournemouth.