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Burton Albion: Early signs are so good says Tom Sloan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

By Tom Sloan

QUICK OUT OF THE BLOCKS ... Burton Albion new boy Lucas Akins.

QUICK OUT OF THE BLOCKS ... Burton Albion new boy Lucas Akins.

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BURTON Albion have shown great promise in their opening two fixtures of the season.

The Brewers were resolute as they beat Oxford on Saturday before showing more bravery – and real attacking intent – as Wigan were seen off in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Now, they must return to the league today as Dagenham come to town.

It is always dangerous following up a barnstormer like Tuesday night.

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There can be a sense of it all being after the lord mayor's show.

The glamour, such that it is against Wigan, is gone and replaced by the daily grind of League Two football, the club's bread and butter.

Albion have only beaten Dagenham once since they were promoted to the Football League – and their record against the Daggers in the Conference was not the best.

Previous records mean nothing, though, as Burton look to create new history and reach League One.

Plus the Daggers went through 120 minutes on Tuesday night before going out of the cup against London rivals Brentford following a 6-6 draw.

It could well have taken some energy out of their legs at this early stage of the season.

Burton's players, of course, only played 90 in their win over Wigan.

They have not got a three-hour coach journey to today's game for hamstrings to tighten either.

So, hopefully fresher and with home advantage, Gary Rowett's men can put in another positive performance and hopefully take the three points.

Dagenham have conceded nine goals in their two opening matches, while Albion have let in just one, a quality finish from Wigan's experienced frontman Marc-Antoine Forune.

That would suggest the Daggers are a team badly needing to tighten up at the back and Burton will hope that the likes of Lucas Akins and Stuart Beavon can again prosper, as they have against Oxford and Wigan.

Beavon will be fresh after he was taken off just before the hour on Tuesday and has looked excellent in the two games so far.

Akins has added some pace and genuine physicality going forward and has been a handful for both Oxford and Wigan.

Albion rarely pay a fee for a player and the cash spent to secure the winger's services from Stevenage looks a sound investment at this very early stage.

Only time will tell on all the summer signings, but the signs are all looking very positive for the club.

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