JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink felt Burton Albion’s disjointed display played into Oxford United’s hands.

The Brewers’ new manager watched from the stands as the U’s thrashed Sky Bet League One’s bottom side 5-1 at the Pirelli Stadium.

It stretched United’s winning run to four matches, while Karl Robinson’s side are eight games unbeaten in all competitions and full of confidence.

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Hasselbaink, however, inherits a team terribly out of form, with the visitors’ final strike the 50th league goal conceded by Albion this season.

Whereas United pressed high from the first whistle, the former Leeds United and Chelsea striker felt the hosts made life simple for their opponents.

“The structure didn’t look right,” said Hasselbaink.

“There were too many gaps and too many individuals.

“I don’t mean that in a bad way, but too many people were working by themselves instead of in units.

“They were all willing, but we need to support each other – if one goes, the others go and they follow each other. That was missing.

“Oxford picked us apart when they weren’t even playing that well.”

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Although Hasselbaink’s appointment was confirmed late on Friday night, coaches Nick Fenton and Chris Beardsley were in the dugout for Albion.

It is the Dutchman’s second spell at the club he guided to the Sky Bet League Two title in 2014/15, before leaving for QPR in December 2015.