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BURTON ALBION PLAY-OFF BUILD-UP: Lee Bell’s weekly Brewers column

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

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THE play-offs are just around the corner and we’re all massively excited for the game on Sunday.

I hope the fans are as excited as we are, because they can make a huge difference.

It would be brilliant if they come out in numbers because we really need the fans – we really need their colour and we want to see everyone wearing yellow.

We’ve got the first leg at home, which some might see as a disadvantage, but I don’t.

There’s no away goals rule, so you’ve got to play two games however it works out and we’ve just got to score more goals than them.

We have got a good record away from home, but we can’t start thinking about that yet, we’ve just got to concentrate on Sunday’s game, put all our priorities on that, and then start thinking about the next leg once that job is done.

Obviously we lost to Southend last Saturday, but I don’t think that has any bearing on the play-offs.

I think both teams were trying one or two new things and it was a chance for the managers to try and suss each other out more than anything.

(Southend boss) Phil Brown is an excellent manager and he’ll have warned his players against getting complacent after beating us last weekend.

But we only want to concentrate on our own game, and if we do that, we will be fine.

We had our player awards night on Tuesday and it was a fantastic night – completely different to at any other club I’ve been at.

Ian Sharps and Damien McCrory took the main two awards (fans’ player of the year and players’ player of the year respectively) and they were thoroughly deserved.

They could have been the other way around, or one of them could have taken both the awards, that’s how superb they’ve been this season.

They are the best players at the club, I’d say.

Damien sometimes doesn’t get the credit he deserves, and I think he could have won the award last season as well, amongst the boys.

Speaking to the other lads, I think he got the majority of the votes, and he really deserves it.

Strikers usually get these awards, so it’s good that two defenders have won them for us – for obvious reasons this season.

It’s a shame that Damien and Jimmy Phillips will be missing for the play-offs, but Chris Hussey came back last week and did really well.

He’s been unlucky with the form of other players, but he’s been out on loan to Bury, worked really hard and hopefully we will reap the rewards of that in the next three games.

It’s a great opportunity for the club, and it’s not every year that this will happen.

Hopefully the fans will be loud and proud and stick with the boys whatever happens.

Come on you Brewers!

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