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Burton Albion man Ian Sharps won't set targets

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

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IAN Sharps is refusing to set any targets as Burton Albion kick off the League Two season.

The 33-year-old will captain the Brewers at Oxford tomorrow with skipper Lee Bell sidelined with a knee problem.

And the big centre-half is just looking for Albion to have a bright start after two seasons of finishing in the play-offs.

"I wouldn't set goals at this point of the season," said the Warrington-born former Tranmere and Shrewsbury man.

"After six games or after 10 games you're just looking to be as high as you can.

"I heard someone say on the radio the other day that if you set goals and over-achieve, lads tend to relax after achieving that goal, and if you under-achieve the pressure gets too much.

"I think we're a good team and on our day we'll give anyone a game in this division, but we've got to make sure we're right."

Sharps led a miserly defence last season which was the bedrock of the club's charge for promotion.

That tightness has been repeated in pre-season, with no side breaking through the Albion rearguard from open play.

"We've defended well as a team, not just a back four and a goalie," said Sharps, the club's reigning player of the year.

"We've set up in different ways in different games. Sometimes we've chased the game and sometimes we've sat in.

"Against the big teams we've tended to sit in and counter. It just shows we can play in different ways."

Sharps is also impressed with the players who have come in to the Pirelli this summer and reckons their personalities are first rate.

"I think the gaffer must take into account personalities when he's recruiting players and there's been good harmony in the side," he said.

"We've been away to Portugal for a week and that helped us get to know each other."

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