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Burton Albion fans react to the defeat at Northampton Town

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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WE all went to Northampton to be part of a historic promotion season.

We all wore our team colours, proud to be supporting the Brewers.

It was in stark contrast to Cobblers fans who have had to watch their team fight relegation all year.

At the end of the 90 minutes my pride had turned to embarrassment.

We were ridiculed by a Northampton team who wanted the three points more than our team did.

I felt sorry for the Burton players – whatever they were playing at, I am not sure.

It wasn’t football. They weren’t a team.

You could tell from their body language that they just didn’t know what to do.

Albion only had one shot on target all game.

They had seven corners but couldn’t make one of them count.

Do Albion not have any set plays when they get dead ball situations?

The defence did its best. However, when you never win any aerial balls why hoof it up field every time – we simply give possession away.

How many weeks do we all say that? Don’t they ever learn?

Please, please, fellas, keep the ball on the ground and play football – not head tennis.

Dean Lyness came on in the second half and made a fantastic save to keep it down to a one-goal margin.

Personally, I hope he stays in the starting role now until the end of the season.

The midfield was awful and passing distribution was lazy and lacked any inspiration.

The real issue is as always the strikers.

Billy Kee and Adam McGurk are strikers only in so far as they are currently on strike.

They are not working hard and would never have scored on Saturday even if we played till midnight.

They are letting themselves and their team down badly.

McGurk displays no desire to run after a ball and when he is given it he shows little of his ability. He has no self confidence.

Kee is easily swept aside by big defenders and his theatrical falls to the ground are becoming tedious.

Burton Albion Ladies team are prolific scorers.

Perhaps Kee and McGurk should practise with them to learn how it’s done. Come on Albion get a grip and do the job you are paid for.

Steve Smith

NORTHAMPTON are second from bottom for a reason.

Today (Saturday) we had no idea, no real shots on goal and at this rate no chance in the play-offs.

Stuart Garner

From 45 minutes of sublime football last week to 90 minutes of abject mediocrity this week.

Shockingly poor and cruel on fans.

Rowett might want to consider how Chris Wilder, with a poor squad, tactically wiped the floor with him.


After defeat at Sixfields we now need to be looking down the table rather than up. The automatic promotion slots are mathematically possible, but if you include goal difference in the equation then the top three slots appear to be settled.

The Brewers need to win two from four to guarantee the play-offs which still represents a significant achievement.

The performance at Northampton was poor, we lacked any quality or cohesion and the players seemed a bit confused - which is not unlike me sat behind the goal wondering how we have gone from the best footballing performance of the season to the worst in two matches.

Rowett was rightly hailed as a tactical genius after the win against Plymouth. He took the credit for that result so must accept responsibility for this utterly depressing and slightly alarming show.

Why change a winning formula to such a massive degree. McCrory was injured and Alexander not fully fit. But this apart how can we justify abandoning what worked so well last week?

Bell was massively missed and McFadzean is a left winger (with a right winger on the bench). Edwards is not a left back either, but he was our man of the match which speaks volumes for the rest of the team. If we are to play steady old 4-4-2 then at least lets get the players in their natural positions.

The change to 4-3-3 was a disaster. For that to succeed we need a target man who can hold the ball up, Symes would be perfect.

We now need to use these next four games to set ourselves for the play-offs, find a team and formation that works and stick by it. Let’s play to our strengths and let the opposition take care of themselves.

Steve Fuller.

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