I DROVE to Bristol full of expectation that Burton might break free of this goal famine that has haunted them for so long.
This match last year was a miserable experience for any Albion fan as Bristol Rovers played us off the park.
Friday’s game ended up little different. We were played off the park yet again.
We wouldn’t have scored even if we had played all night.
We had no attack worthy of the task.
The midfield did not produce anything.
Whenever Albion had the ball they gave away possession or had it easily taken from them by a home team who clearly were hungrier for the points.
I have to admit I left 10 minutes before the final whistle.
I have never done that before at an Albion game, and I go to them all, but it was clear that the team had been completely subdued by the opposition.
They made us look like the pub team that someone once called us.
Few among the team looked as though they wanted to be on that pitch.
Albion could and should have won that match, or at least have pushed themselves to the limit out of respect for being chosen to wear the Albion shirt. I don’t think many of them did.
There was a lot of adverse comment on social media from frustrated fans who are really hurting as they sense the fight going out of Burton’s promotion push.
Those fans are the core support of this club. They are mostly not wealthy and have to work damned hard all week to be able to afford the time and cost of being there to support the Brewers.
They turn up every week through thick and thin. They love Burton Albion.
I sometimes wonder if Albion loves them back quite as it should.
The team and the manager owe those fans who went on Friday night. The fans turned up in body and spirit. However the team were there in body – but not a lot of spirit.
Gary has put together a group of fine players, more than capable of promotion. They need to man up and deliver.
It’s their job for which they are paid – even if they don’t have a passion for the team in the way some fans do.
If they don’t and Derby get promoted then there may be some missing faces at the Pirelli next season as some folk decide that sometimes you have to say ‘you can’t help those who don’t help themselves’.
And Gary and the boys ain’t helping themselves much recently.
WELl, what can I say. 170 fans on a Friday night – fair play.
Unfortunately 11 players were not out there for 90 minutes.
From the first whistle we were second best. Not (Damien) McCrory’s biggest fan, but by God we missed him tonight (Friday).
Steady (Phil) Edwards was poor, (Robbie) Weir once booked took his foot off the gas, (Matty) Palmer in need of a rest.
Both wings ineffective and never really took part, Billy (Kee) tried but no support.
(Adam) McGurck??? Well, cannot use the words that described his performance.
Sign a striker when it’s clear we need goals and keep him on the bench??
Yes he is 30 plus and played Tuesday but (he isa ) professional footballer!
Very disappointed tonight with a poor performance.
But hey onwards and upwards, roll on Torquay and hopefully after a few days rest we will be firing on all cylinders!
Keep the faith. COYB.