BURTON Albion enter the final furlong of the League Two season tomorrow when they entertain AFC Wimbledon at the Pirelli Stadium.
The Brewers are down to the last 10 games of a long and gruelling season – and boss Gary Rowett thinks they will need to win six of them to have a chance of winning automatic promotion.
“I don’t know exactly how many points we’ll need, but we’ll maybe need something in and around 80 points to get automatic promotion,” said the Albion manager.
“I think Rotherham won five out of their last six to pip us last season.
“There’s no rhyme or reason to it, but we need to win at least six games.”
Three points against Wimbledon tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, would set Burton off in the right direction, but the Dons have developed a habit of nicking points off the top sides in the division.
As well as beating 10-man Albion 3-1 in September, they recorded draws against Chesterfield and Fleetwood this month, as well as beating Newport in February.
“They’re all difficult games,” said Rowett. “In some ways we’ve been better in games we’ve not been expected to get anything from.
“Occasionally, we’ve not been as good against teams we’ve been expected to beat.
“We’ve got to go out and try to win every game between now and the end of the season.
“I’m confident if we play as well as we can - if we do, we’re capable of beating anybody.
“There’s pressure on games and we’ve got to do the right things.
“We’ve got to show passion and deserve to be in that top three.
“But we’ve conceded 15 goals fewer than at the same stage of last season and I’m really pleased with that.
“We’ve not scored as many but have lost fewer games, and I’m pleased with that.”
The Brewers’ only injury doubt surrounds Ian Sharps for tomorrow’s game.
The centre-half missed the 0-0 draw at Portsmouth on Tuesday evening with the calf injury he picked up at Oxford.
He is rated as very doubtful, with Marcus Holness - who was outstanding at Fratton Park - set to continue should Sharps be ruled out.
BURTON Albion independent supporters’ association is looking to fill the final few places on its second bus to Scunthorpe.
The Brewers visit the Iron a week tomorrow and the bus leaves the Beacon Hotel, in Tutbury Road, at 11.15am.
Tickets for the trip cost £11 and the journey is expected to take around two hours.
Further information and tickets are available from Joh on 07826 230365.