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Lee Bell’s Burton Albion column

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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WE’VE got a long trip to Bristol today – but at least we’ll have Gary Alexander’s marbles to keep us entertained!

With Bristol Rovers tonight, Torquay on Tuesday and then Accrington at home next week, the games are coming thick and fast over the next week before we have a bit of a quieter spell.

Obviously, we’d prefer to be at home, but the away games are a good laugh.

The boys are always in good spirits on the coach and there’s always something going on.

Gary Alexander has brought a new game onto the coach – marbles – so we’re looking forward to that.

The lads wind each other up, in a good way, and help the time to fly by.

We want to pick up as many points as we can over this period.

I think if we can get six points from the next three games, including the home game next Saturday, then that would be a good return, after getting a point away to Rochdale on Tuesday.

I think we certainly deserved a point, and with a little bit more luck, we’d have won.

But it was a well-deserved point against a team up and around us.

They try and play how they play, and although it wasn’t scrappy, it was a game of few chances.

But we were fairly comfortable throughout I think, and I was pleased to see that.

We are on a good unbeaten run now away from home.

I was delighted to get a game, although I didn’t find out until an hour before kick-off.

I was made up to start the match, and hopefully that can continue.

I want to play as much as I can, naturally, and I was pleased the gaffer put a bit of trust in me.

Now I want to play today.

I want to start every game, and I don’t think that will ever change.

I appreciate there will be better players than me, but I don’t think I will ever be able to just accept that I’m not playing.

I’m sure that the same for most players.

We have proved ourselves against another of the top sides, and we have shown that we ARE one of the top sides.

We have to start believing that.

Without getting carried away, we’ve got to start imposing ourselves on games and a have a little bit more belief in ourselves.

If we can do that, we might be surprised at what can happen.

We saw that working against Rochdale, as they were getting frustrated and running out of ideas.

We have nothing to fear from any team in this league, but that is the same for everyone I think.

It’s a cliché to say it, but everyone really can beat everyone.

We’ve got a really tough game against Bristol Rovers tonight, and they’ve got some really good players.

We are physically prepared and it’s up to us to make sure we are mentally prepared.

We look to win every game, and try and kick up the league.

Hopefully we can dominate these games and get some points on the board.

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