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Burton Albion skipper Lee Bell talks Oxford, Portsmouth and Wimbledon in his weekly column

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE . . . Billy Kee (pictured) and Dominic Knowles have started the last two games for Burton Albion, keeping out the likes of Adam McGurk. Skipper Lee Bell reckons picking which strikers to start with is probably the toughest job o

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ON A personal note I am delighted to be back on the pitch.

I came on for the last half an hour at Oxford and played the full 90 at Portsmouth – and hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my place.

I thought the boys started tremendously well against Oxford.

We went 2-0 up and I couldn’t see us getting pegged back.

Oxford are obviously a good team, but I thought that we were exceptional – especially in the first half.

We looked like scoring every time we went forward.

Oxford came back at us but credit to the lads and how hard they worked to get the three points.

It was the first of two really pleasing away performances.

It’s a funny one with Portsmouth. They won the FA Cup the season before Burton were promoted.

That shows a real contrast in the way the two clubs have gone.

We produced another excellent performance and I thought we deserved the three points at Fratton Park.

We’ll take the point though, especially after the three at Oxford.

Dominic Knowles took his goal superbly well last Saturday.

He works really hard in training and probably scores the most goals on the training pitch.

Dom and Billy Kee seem to think along the same lines and can pick each other out.

We’ve some real talented young players – and up front we’re a real threat whoever plays.

Competition for places can work both ways, but it seems to be working for us.

A striker’s role is not just all about scoring goals, the all-round game is important.

The manager is certainly not short of options up top – choosing the strikers is probably the hardest decision he has to make.

There’s 10 games left now and our season depends on those matches.

If you lose one it’s not a disaster, but we want to really kick on.

We are fit enough. Our bodies are not going to let us down.

Are we mentally capable? I am pretty sure we are.

We have the belief and once you start believing you become more confident.

Are there expectations on us? Probably not.

It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy ourselves and work hard over the next 10 games to achieve our aims.

Those 10 games begin with Wimbledon tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

In the reverse fixture they showed they have a decent team and moved the ball around well.

They’ve had a bit of a change in personnel since them. We simply have to be better than them on the day.

Hopefully the crowd will get behind us which we’ll need them to do in the run-in.

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