JIMMY Phillips is hoping Burton Albion can stamp their authority on the road again tomorrow night after an impressive display at the weekend.
The Brewers beat promotion rivals Oxford United 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium to stay fourth, right in the hunt for one of the three places that will earn an automatic place in League One next term.
They can consolidate that position, and even push into the top three if results elsewhere go their way, with victory at former Premier League side and recent FA Cup winners Portsmouth at Fratton Park tomorrow, kick-off 7.45pm.
“Luckily we’ve got another game straight away, and hopefully we can keep the momentum going,” said Phillips, who set up one goal and earned a penalty in Saturday’s win.
“I always say, everyone in this league can beat everyone else.
“So we’ll approach the game as if they were up there fighting for every point, which every team is.
“It’s a difficult place to go and obviously they’re a big club, but hopefully we can get the three points.
“I don’t think it should faze us, but obviously you’re aware they’re a big side.
“But we can beat anyone if we play to our strengths, and I’m really confident we can get another three points.
“We’re always confident going into every game and hope that we can put our authority on it, so hopefully we can do the same at Portsmouth on Tuesday night.”
The winger has enjoyed significant game time this season compared to previous campaigns, and has virtually made the left wing position his own.
That is no mean feat given the quality of wide men Albion have at their disposal, and Phillips said: “I’ve had a good run of games this season, and hopefully I’ve shown what I can do week in, week out.
“I’m just trying to keep a level of consistency in my game and help the team get promoted.”
Phillips was Albion’s man of the match in the first half, giving U’s right-back David Hunt a torrid time with his fleet-footed dribbling and knack of cutting inside to let fly a shot.
One such shot was saved, but the rebound fell nicely for Zeli Ismail to power onto and blast home, while another run down the wing minutes later saw him brought down by Hunt in the area, only for Billy Kee to miss from the spot.
“I enjoyed the first 45 minutes,” said the Stoke-born winger.
“I got to go one on one and show what I could do, but the second half was obviously a bit of a different story.
“I had to sit back and be a bit more professional, but obviously I’m delighted with the three points.
“I’m in the team to try to create chances or bring others in to play if I can.
“It was nice to get the shot which led to the second goal and then to win a penalty as well, it’s just a shame Billy didn’t put it away. These things happen.”
Phillips admitted the second half – where Albion had to stand firm against an Oxford backlash – had been tougher, but not unexpected.
“It was like a different game in the second half and that’s what we were expecting,” he said.
“When you’re playing away from home and you’re winning at half-time you expect them to throw everything at you in the second half – and that’s exactly what they did, but we were professional and just did our job.
“It’s an even bigger three points than we first thought, looking at the table and the other results so we’re delighted.”