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Burton Albion star Robbie Weir: we can’t expect we’ll batter Cod Army

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

26/12/13 Burton Albion v Northampton Town Burton Albion vs Northampton Town at the Pirelli Stadium.Robbie Weir

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ROBBIE Weir insists Burton Albion will not have an easy game against Fleetwood Town tomorrow, despite having held an Indian sign over them in recent games.

The Brewers take on the Cod Army for the fifth time in 12 months at the Pirelli Stadium, kick-off 3pm, having won three and drawn one of the last four meetings.

Yet Graham Alexander’s side are sitting sixth in League Two and gave Albion a game in the two recent FA Cup ties, as well as the second half of the league game at Highbury Stadium earlier this season.

“We’ve played them before but can’t get ahead of ourselves again,” said Weir.

“They’re going to be up there this year, pushing as well, so it’s going to be another tough game for us.

“But if we get three points at home, we’re doing well.”

Weir is expecting a more attacking stance from his side than in last weekend’s 0-0 draw away to Bury, when after a lively first-half, they changed to a five-man midfield after the break to match their hosts.

“We’re at the Pirelli, so it’s going to be a lot different in how we set up and we’ll attack Fleetwood like we did in the cup,” said the Northern Irish midfielder.

“Away from home we obviously set up a bit different, but if you said we’d have a long journey and come here (to Bury)and got a point, I think we’d have taken that.

“There was some good movement in the middle, so you didn’t want to go to close down too much, because you’d leave space in behind.

“The gaffer changed it so we could push on the two centre-mids and give them less time on the ball.

“First half, they did over-run us a little bit, but they weren’t creating too much.

“The fella in the hole was the main threat, so we shut that off, and second half we performed better.”

The Bury stalemate took Albion to 10 games unbeaten in the league, but Weir says the team have a long way to go to reach their target of promotion.

“The record speaks for itself, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves, there’s still games to go, big teams to play,” he said.

“If we start saying ‘10 games here’ or ‘11 games this’ then we start getting ahead of ourselves, rather than just knuckling down and doing the work.”

Weir has been largely faultless since his three-game break from the team earlier in the season, as he and Matty Palmer have kept the likes of skipper Lee Bell out of the team.

And the Belfast-born 25-year-old says that competition for places keeps the players in the squad on their toes.

“There’s players champing at the bit to come back in, ie Lee Bell – he had a game against Bournemouth and I thought he did well,” said Weir.

“He’s keen to get back, Alex MacDonald as well, and it keeps everyone else on their toes and playing well.

“If you’re not playing well, you’re not going to be in the team, simple as that and that’s a good sign for us, especially if we want to push on this year.”

Weir was rested for the 4-1 FA Cup defeat at Bournemouth, and said: “I was a bit gutted, because you want to play every single game, especially playing against a Championship side.

“But the gaffer said ‘take a breather, it’s still a long season’, and if you look at it that way, it will pay off later in the season.”

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