MATTY Palmer is pleased Burton Albion have the chance to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat when they host Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow night, but says the Brewers need to be more ruthless in front of goal.
Burton lost 1-0 to fellow promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park as they failed to turn their first-half dominance into goals, and then suffered in the face of a second-half Iron backlash, with Paddy Madden’s well-taken goal deciding the match.
Madden blasted home from outside the area, but Palmer labelled the strike as “lucky”, and said it was an example of the fortune which he feels currently eludes his side.
“It was a great finish from him, but I think it was a bit lucky to be honest,” said the teenage midfielder.
“It just hit him, and that’s just not happening for us at the minute.
“If that had come out to one of us, it’d probably just hit us and go wide or something.”
In the first half, the Iron did not look like a side currently enjoying a 22-man unbeaten run in League Two, but Albion did not make the most of the chances afforded to them by their hosts.
“We created some good opportunities, but didn’t capitalise,” said Palmer.
“We need to create a few more clear-cut chances rather than just shots from outside the box.
“I think we need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal.
“We’ve got to keep working hard and as long as we keep on doing the right things, our luck will change.”
The Brewers stayed fifth with the defeat, but are now six points off the top three.
“Today is a setback, but we move on to Tuesday and if we win, we’re right back in it,” said Palmer.
“It’s good to get back playing as soon as we can and hopefully turn that around and get a win.
“We seem to be starting slow in the second half quite a lot recently, and we have to change that.
“We’ve got a good chance.”
Palmer returned to the Albion squad after being rested for two games, and says he was happy for that to happen, as long as any absences are not prolonged.
“The gaffer just pulled me to one side and said he thought I could do with a rest with the run of games we’ve got coming up,” he said.
“And if he takes me out for a couple of games, as long as it’s not too long, then that’s alright with me.
“I felt fresh today and I’m ready for Tuesday.
“I think I’m doing well and I’m playing week in, week out, which is obviously what I want.
“I’d like to add more goals to my game, and I’m working on that in training.
“If I keep working hard, hopefully that will change.”