'Enormous' - Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink heaps praise on 'lethal' Blackpool talent

Burton Albion manager Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink has lavished praise on Blackpool striker Jerry Yates for his “enormous” contribution to the Seasiders’ successful promotion bid.

Monday, 31st May 2021, 9:00 am
Jerry Yates of Blackpool. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Jerry Yates of Blackpool. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Neil Critchley’s men recovered from a first minute own goal to beat Lincoln City 2-1 in the League One play-off final on Sunday afternoon, with Kenny Dougall scoring both goals for the Tangerines.

Yates was on hand to provide the assist for the vital second, and put in a battling display without injured strike partner Ellis Simms by his side. The forward came close to scoring a goal of his own deep into the second half, but was unfortunate to see his dinked effort swept away to safety by a covering Imps defender.

Speaking about the 24-year-old prior to the match at Wembley, former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink said: “He [Yates] likes to run in behind defences.

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"He likes to get himself into space, and with little space he’s lethal.

"Today he will have to play different because he is missing Simms, so he will have to adjust a little bit, but I like him.

"It doesn’t matter who he plays, when he plays, you know what you’re going to get off him. You know he’s going to be a threat.

"He lives for goals, and that is a big thing for a striker.

"He’s been enormous for them this year.”

Yates has been an integral member of Critchley’s side in 2020/21, scoring 23 goals across all competitions. His assist for Dougall’s winner was his ninth of the campaign.