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Burton Albion captain Lee Bell’s weekly column

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 15, 2014

Burton Albion vs Dagenham Redbridge at the Pirelli Stadium....Lee Bell, Chris Palmer

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THE country has been hit by severe flooding this week, but luckily it hasn’t affected us too much.

We train up at St George’s Park, which is high up, so we’ve not been too badly affected.

And if the pitches aren’t playable, we can always train indoors there.

No-one has had any problems getting to training, although that might change in the next couple of weeks if it keeps getting worse.

I’m not sure the gaffer would accept that as an excuse for not turning up to training anyway!

The weather certainly affected our game last weekend – and the pitch up at Morecambe.

But I was never worried about the game being off, as I’ve played there before when it’s been quite bad – probably worse than it was on Saturday.

It wasn’t actually that wet, just muddy and sticky – but all the pitches are going to be similar at this time of year.

We got back to winning ways, and I thought we were good for the win. It was fairly comfortable.

Neither team had great chances but we were able to keep the ball when we needed to.

We hope that win can start another good run after we went a few games without winning.

But I wouldn’t say it was a slump – we beat Cheltenham and got a couple of draws which could be valuable points come the end of the season.

So there was only really the Fleetwood game (in the league) that counted as a blip, and the other teams around us keep losing as well.

Hopefully we can start a little run of wins though, but do it nice and quietly to just sneak up the table before the end of the season.

There’s a bit of a gap between us and eighth place now, which is better than last season, when there was a bit of a scramble for play-off spots towards the end of the season.

But we’re not settling for a play-off spot.

We know what we want to achieve and we’ve just got to focus on our own game, not what’s going on around us, as we can’t affect that.

If we win more than we lose and draw then we will be fine.

We face Dagenham today, who are on a bit of a poor run themselves, so hopefully we can turn that into our advantage.

If we play anything like our standard then we are too much for most teams in this league.

They’ll be working hard and they are a very athletic side.

We will have to be physically and mentally prepared.

I scored against Dagenham last year, and it would be lovely to do that again.

But at the moment I’m just hoping to try and get on the pitch first of all.

And if I can score between now and the end of the season then that would be great.

After today’s game we have a tough run of away matches as we travel to Rochdale, Bristol and Torquay in the space of a week.

It would be good to win today and take that into that run, but we will be trying to win every game.

I have never heard the manager say we will settle for a draw in any game.

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