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Burton Albion ‘want more’ from the play-offs this time around: Lee Bell

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

DOWN AND OUT . . . Burton Albion skipper Lee Bell says the Brewers want to go one better than last season's semi-final play-off defeat to Bradford City

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WE’VE made the play-offs now – for the second consecutive season – and although that’s a fantastic achievement, we want more.

I don’t think anyone would have had Burton down to do that.

But we want to do more than just finish in the play-offs.

We can’t get congratulated for finishing in the play-offs, we want to see if we can get to Wembley and win it.

When the manager came in, we were favourites for relegation, so it’s a fantastic achievement.

We want to go one step further this time, win the semi-final and win at Wembley.

People talk about having a good day out at Wembley, but there’s no good day out if you don’t win.

Unfortunately, it looks like we have missed out on the top three, which was our aim for the season.

And there is disappointment at not taking it to the wire.

When you look at the points we’ve lost along the way, you’d think we could have done better.

We didn’t start the season particularly well – but we’re in the play-offs.

That’s our focus and we’ll be putting all our thoughts and energy into that now.

It’s fine lines in League Two like it always is.

No-one has run away with it this year and it’s tight down at the bottom as well.

It’s a competitive league.

That was no more true than on Monday, when we were held to a 1-1 draw at Newport County.

It’s a hard place to go and we really needed the three points today to stay in the automatic race.

We didn’t get them, but we move on, recharge the batteries after a couple of tough games, and the players can be really proud of heir efforts from two games in three days.

The crowd were quite hostile at Newport, and when you’ve got a crowd like that it makes it feel more hectic than it is.

It makes it feel like they have more pressure, which they hadn’t and I don’t think they had many more shots.

They hit the post, we hit the post, and the keepers have made some really good saves.

Fair play to them, they had a really good crowd, and it’s something we need to enjoy playing in front of.

People making noise in the crowd can’t affect what you do on the ball, you’ve just got to do it yourself.

After my first goal of the season against Hartlepool, I had another good chance at Newport.

I’ve hit three good ones in consecutive games but this one went straight down the keeper’s throat, and he just threw his hat on it.

We’ve had two games in three days, but I didn’t feel too bad and a lot of it is mind over matter with those things.

It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time.

It was a good point and the players can be proud of their efforts.

We’re doing well, and our aim is to keep that run maintained into the play-offs.

And whoever faces us in the play-offs is going to have a really tough time of it.

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