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BURTON ALBION PLAY-OFF BUILD-UP: Dean Lyness keen to avoid spot of bother

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

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DEAN Lyness is hoping his team-mates can get the job done in 90 minutes tomorrow, but says he has done a little preparation in case of the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Burton Albion face Southend United at Roots Hall this weekend, kick-off noon, in the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-final.

Goalkeeper Lyness is one of the few players in the Brewers back five who is almost certain to start, given injuries and suspensions in defence.

He missed out 12 months ago, being on the bench for the double-header against Bradford City at the same stage, and after fighting for the number one jersey with Jordan Pickford and Rob Lainton for much of this season, 22-year-old Lyness is delighted to have been given the nod.

“It’s great the gaffer’s put me in, and all I can do is try and repay the faith he has shown in me by keeping a clean sheet,” said the young custodian.

“If we can keep a clean sheet, then great, and that’s been our target going into every game this season.

“It’s just another game for us at the end of the day.”

With away goals not counting double towards the aggregate score, the match will go to extra time and penalties if the teams cannot be separated in normal time.

“We’ve got to try and win the game in 90 minutes on the day, and if we don’t, we’ll see where that takes us,” said Lyness.

“If we have to go the extra mile, we will.

“We’ve had a little practice, but I think it’s hard to capture the pressure there will be on the day.

“We do try and do a bit of research, but on the day, it only takes one person to change their mind and go the other way.

“You’ve just got to trust your instincts as a goalkeeper.”

Lyness made a stunning save in the dying moments on Saturday to preserve the 1-0 lead which Albion take to Southend.

On that stop, he said: “Being there when you’re needed is part of the job, being a goalkeeper, you’ve just got to keep the ball out of the net any way you can.

“We’re going to try and go into it with the same mentality as any other game this season.

“We’re away from home, but we know what to expect – we’re going to be under pressure at times, but I think we showed just how resilient we can be as a group when we were down to 10 men the other day.

“We’ve got to show that same sort of attitude and desire.

“We always prepare well, and we’ve had another good week this week in terms of preparation.

“We’ll go in as relaxed as possible and try and win the game on the day.

“If we win, great, and if not, we’ll take it on the chin.”

Southend brought a lot of fans to the Pirelli last weekend, and look set to pack their 12,392-seater stadium with home support, having restricted Brewers fans to just 800 tickets.

“It’s a great atmosphere to play in, which we’ve experienced already this season, playing at Southend,” said Lyness.

“Obviously we lost that game, but we took a lot from it, and I think if we can use that to our advantage on Saturday.

“We know they’re going to come at us and try and get that early goal.”

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