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Burton Albion: Lucas Akins pleased as Brewers break opening day hoodoo

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 11, 2014

By David Broome

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LUCAS Akins was pleased he did not know about Burton Albion's opening day history before the curtain-raiser at Oxford United.

In previous years, trips to Cheltenham, Sheffield United, Torquay and Shrewsbury – as well as a home game against Saturday's opponents – had left Albion with no wins from the first game of a season since becoming a Football League club.

But Akins' opportunistic 42nd-minute strike at the Kassam Stadium changed all that, getting the Brewers off to the perfect start.

On being told of his part in breaking a mini hoodoo, Akins said: "That's very nice, but it's something I wasn't aware of.

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"I'm pleased that I wasn't, because it's less pressure.

"It's good to come here and get off the mark but we've got 45 games in the league and we've got to try to progress."

Burton featured five debutants – including Akins himself – and three points to start the season is never to be sniffed at.

"First and foremost it's a great result to come away from home to a place like Oxford – who had a very good season last year and have a very good manager in Michael Appleton," said Akins.

"For myself, to get off the mark is nice as well, but testament to all the lads who put in a great effort.

"A win is a win – it's a results business."

As well as scoring the winner, Akins set up a great chance for Dominic Knowles early on, and put in a fantastic tackle in the dying minutes which halted a period of Oxford pressure.

"Stopping goals is as important as scoring them," he said.

"It's part of my game that I enjoy – obviously I enjoy attacking, everyone does, but the defensive game nowadays, especially in this league, is just as important.

"We've got some experience in that back four with Ian Sharps and Phil Edwards, and they are talking me through it.

"We've got a clean sheet and that's just as good as getting a goal."

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