MARCUS Holness is hoping to have done enough to stay in the Burton Albion back-line tomorrow and face the team against whom he lost his place.
Holness started the first 11 games of the season, and was arguably the Brewers’ best player in the early part of the season as he played every minute until being shown a straight red card against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow in September.
The Dons visit the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, with Holness finally having got back in the team following almost six months on the sidelines.
He came on in the dying stages of last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Oxford United after Ian Sharps picked up a calf injury, and started Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Portsmouth.
“I think I’ve done well,” Holness said of his performance in midweek.
“Sometimes you’re sidelined – and it can be a long spell or a short spell on the sidelines, but you’ve just got to keep yourself fit and be ready for when you are called on.
“Then you’ve got to come in and do your job and give the manager a tough decision.
“I think I’ve done well enough to start in the team next game, so we’ll see what happens.
“The manager said he has confidence in me and just told me to go and do what I can do.”
Albion will be pleased to return to home turf this weekend after two testing away trips from which they took four points, and Holness said that haul gives them confidence going into the final 10 games of the season.
“Our preparation has been right,” he said. “We’ve got the results at Oxford and at Portsmouth so we’re really confident that we can push on and go for automatic promotion.”
Holness and centre-half partner Shane Cansdell-Sherriff impressed as they kept a clean sheet against Pompey, restricting their hosts to just one shot on target all game.
That was no mean feat given they were up against Portsmouth’s man mountain Patrick Agyemang.
“It’s always difficult,” admitted Holness.
“I’ve played against him a couple of times and it’s like he’s rooted to the ground almost.
“We put in a great team performance and dealt with their front two really well.”
There were just under 13,000 fans at Fratton Park on Tuesday night, and Holness was pleased with the way the team coped with an often overwhelming atmosphere.
“It’s a really tough place to come with all the crowd and whatnot getting behind them,” he said.
“They had a few chances but all in all I thought we were the better team.
“And I thought we had more chances – it was just a shame we didn’t manage to convert any on the day.
“It’s a great point away from home.
“When the crowd get going, it really does get them up, but we dealt with it well.