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Brewers are urged to get the job done

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

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CHRIS Palmer has called on his team-mates to make sure quality counts as Burton Albion attempt to make the most of a second bite of the cherry in the FA Cup tomorrow night.

The Brewers were only minutes away from making an embarrassing first round exit at the hands of non-league side Altrincham at the Pirelli Stadium 11 days ago.

Calvin Zola's goal in the third minute of added time clinched a 3-3 draw - and Palmer does not want to leave anything to chance in the televised replay at Moss Lane, kick-off 7.45pm.

The 29-year-old midfielder said: "We've just got to go there and be professional about how we do things to make sure we progress to the next round."

Palmer was an unused substitute in the original tiw as he eased his way back after a long injury lay-off.

However, he had a part to play in the 2-1 win at Plymouth Arygle three days later - and was rewarded with a place in the starting line-up as the Brewers suffered a rare defeat at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Now he is hoping he has done enough to convince manager Gary Rowett he is worthy of keeping his place in the team.

Palmer, who suffered a nasty an ankle injury at Rochdale in early September, said: "I definitely hope to be involved - as I do all the games when I'm fit.

"I came off the bench and played most of the second half at Plymouth and then played the full game at Cheltenham, and I don't be feel to be bad to be fair.

"I'd been out for nine weeks and it was just great to be back on the pitch and making a little bit of an impact.

"After sitting watching for so long, I just want to play games and I'm sure Macca (John McGrath) feels just the same because he's been out a lot longer than me.

"Hopefully, I can get another start at Altrincham and hopefully we can get the result we missed out on in the game at our place.

"I don't think it was a case of under-estimating Altrincham in the first game. I just don't think we started very well and they exploited it.

"We know we have the quality to beat teams from lower divisions, but obviously there are always upsets in the FA Cup and we have to make sure we're not on the wrong end of one."

The winners will be away to League One side Crewe Alexandra in the second round on December 1.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 14 2012, 2:41PM

    I am sure we will get the job done. Just please do not go one up front again - Saturday was so much better with two strikers!!