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Plymouth will be ‘really tough’ says Burton Albion captain Lee Bell

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

PLAYING FOR KEEPS . . . Burton Albion skipper Lee Bell was impressed with York City goalkeeper Nick Pope last weekend, who is pictured under pressure from Brewers substitute Gary Alexander

PLAYING FOR KEEPS . . . Burton Albion skipper Lee Bell was impressed with York City goalkeeper Nick Pope last weekend, who is pictured under pressure from Brewers substitute Gary Alexander

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THE gaffer has said this week that five wins should get us in the top three, and I think that’s right.

And even if it doesn’t, what’s important is that the teams who do make it, don’t run away with it.

We want to be fighting them all the way, to keep the pressure on – so it’s important we win our games.

If we do that and teams still finish above us, then fair play to them.

We want to win automatic promotion, but if we end up in the play-offs, we don’t want to end up going into them in bad form.

So whatever happens at the end of the season, we have got to kick on now and get a run going.

It’s going to be a really tough game against Plymouth today.

Their manager has done a fantastic job, as they are really pushing to finish in the play-offs.

Football-wise, we are in good condition, it’s all about the mental preparation now.

If we can get a decent crowd today, and they get behind us, then I back us to get a result.

We drew 0-0 at York last weekend, in what I thought was a good performance, and we were on the front foot for most of the game.

As the away team, and given the form they were in, I was very impressed with us.

Matty Palmer and I had a good battle against two former Burton players in Adam Reed and Russ Penn.

I’ve had plenty of battles against Russ over the years and it’s always a good test.

I enjoyed the game, and I was happy with my own performance.

I was pleased the manager called on me with Robbie Weir being out, and hopefully I’ve given him a selection headache for this weekend.

I had a great chance to get my first goal of the season, and to be honest, I’ve never hit a ball as well as that before.

It was a good strike, but I just wish I’d kept it down a bit to really test their keeper.

And then five seconds later they were on the counter-attack, which just shows how good their keeper was.

He got man-of-the-match in a few places, I saw, and that says a lot about the game.

He’s a young keeper, on loan from Charlton, and he’s clearly got a bright future.

York were another form team who we more than matched.

When we are at it, with the tempo and energy we can play at, we’re a problem for most teams.

We are definitely one of the stronger teams in the division - it’s just scoring goals that is letting us down.

If we had scored a few more, things might have been so much different at this stage.

But that’s everyone’s concern, not just the strikers, but the wingers, the midfield, everyone.

I’m sure that’s something the manager will look at in the summer.

Ashley Hemmings came in last week and made his debut against York – and he looked a real talent.

And in training he is like that as well – a bit like Zeli Ismail was before his unfortunate injury.

There’s competition all over the pitch now, and that can only be a good thing.

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