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Damien McCrory: Burton Albion need to start trouncing teams again

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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DAMIEN McCrory is hoping that tomorrow can be the day when Burton Albion finally open the floodgates and score the quantity of goals of which he feels they are capable.

Just once this season have the Brewers scored more than twice in a game, and that was the win at Fleetwood Town back in August, meaning home fans have been somewhat starved of goals.

Last season, the Pirelli Stadium witnessed the boys in yellow find the net three times or more on 10 occasions, as well as doing it four times away from home.

Yet Albion are still creating chances, and 24-year-old McCrory believes his team-mates are gearing up to give someone a thumping ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Accrington Stanley.

“I think it’s a must-win,” he said.

“We need to take the game to them and hopefully we can get a couple of goals early and kill off the game.

“We need to dig in, and sooner or later I’m hoping that the chances we create are just going to fly in and we’re going to beat teams two or three-nil like we were doing last season.

“The boys are still confident we can do it, we just need little breaks to go for us and chances to go in.”

McCrory is confident that – with strikers like Adam McGurk, Billy Kee and Gary Alexander at their disposal, Burton have goals in them, despite that trio having only scored twice between them in 2014.

“It’s only a matter of time with the strikers we’ve got – they’ve got goals in them, it just hasn’t happened yet,” said the Limerick-born full-back.

“There’s got to be a game where we score three or four.

“It’s probably going to be at home, and fingers crossed it’s Saturday.

“I think that could kick the boys on and give the strikers the confidence they need.

“If they can get a couple of goals each, that would be a good start for the rest of the season.”

McCrory showed his team-mates how it is done with a powerful drive to open the scoring against Torquay United on Tuesday night – his first goal of the season – in a more advanced role.

“I like to get forward, and it’s not that new to me, because when I started my career I played left wing, and I was kind of shoved back into defence,” he said.

“I thought we started off okay and we took the lead, but then we just let them back in it too easily.

“It was a very soft goal to concede just before half-time – it’s a different game if we had gone in 1-0 up.

“I thought we played even better in the second half, creating chances, but at the moment they don’t seem to be going in for us – and that’s a little bit worrying.

“At the end of the day we’ve not lost the game but it’s a game we should be winning.

“We’re a little bit disappointed because we see it as two points dropped.

“Over the last four games, we’ve lost four to six points because we’ve drawn so many games.

“The gaffer just said ‘it’s a point away’ and we’ve got to kick on for Saturday now and the last 13 games of the season.

“It’s a home game, and we need three points at home.

“They had a few chances but I thought overall we defended well.

“It was probably a fair enough result even though we created more chances.”

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