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Men in the middle key for Burton Albion – Jimmy Phillips

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

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JIMMY Phillips is hoping he and his fellow Burton Albion midfielders can go on a bit of a scoring run between now and the end of the season.

Phillips scored his third of the season in the Brewers’ 3-0 victory against Hartlepool United on Saturday, while skipper Lee Bell notched his first to add to Billy Kee’s opener.

Before kick-off, the four midfielders who started the game had managed just four league goals between them – Robbie Weir has two, with Alex MacDonald also yet to get off the mark.

“It’s a bit of a late run of goals but hopefully we can get a few more,” said Phillips.

“Luckily we’ve managed to be defensively strong, which has kept us up there, but if we can add a few more goals that can push us forward.

“We can’t just leave it to the strikers to get all the goals.

“We’re more than capable of scoring more, as we showed today, and it’s something we probably all need to add to our game.”

Phillips notched what turned out to be a consolation strike in the Brewers’ heaviest defeat of the season - the 4-1 FA Cup reverse at Bournemouth – but had not found the net in the league since October.

And though he was pleased to end that drought, he gave full credit to Weir, who laid a neat ball into his path for the goal.

“I was delighted – it’s something I always try and work on, getting more goals into my game, so to get another one today is good for me,” said the 24-year-old winger.

“I give credit to Robbie Weir for the goal, he has got his head up, seen me on the edge of the box and laid it off nicely to me.

“It was just there for me to run onto and finish.”

All too often this season, Burton have dominated possession and chances, but not put those away, leading to very tense ends to games.

“It’s nice to have a result like that,” admitted Phillips.

“I think we’ve been threatening it.

“In the second half of games, we’ve kind of been hanging on, and sometimes been a different team.

“So to get a more convincing win is really nice.

“We did well, and it was one of those games where we managed to create a few chances and they seemed to fall right for us to put away.”

The result leaves Albion four points off the League Two promotion spots, and a win at Newport County today would set them up nicely for Saturday’s home game against rivals Chesterfield.

“All we can do now is keep winning games and hopefully one of them will slip up and we’ll sneak in the automatic places,” said Phillips.

“If not though, we need to be on good form going into the play-offs.

“We go into every game confident. It’s going to be a tough game, as they all are.

“Especially on the back of today, we just need to get our preparation right, come in and get ourselves ready.”

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