10:56 Saturday 14 December 2013

Burton Albion captain Lee Bell's weekly column

Written byDOM MILLS

REPLAY TIME . . . Billy Kee's last-gasp leveller against Fleetwood Town kept Burton Albion in the FA Cup REPLAY TIME . . . Billy Kee's last-gasp leveller against Fleetwood Town kept Burton Albion in the FA Cup

IT ALWAYS feels like a win when you score late on as we did against Fleetwood – especially with conceding so late as well.

It was a good result, and really pleasing to still be in the FA Cup.

I remember playing against Chesterfield a few years ago while at Crewe and drawing 5-5.

We should have won the game comfortably and they grabbed a goal in injury-time.

Everyone in football has that feeling when you think you are going to win, or snatch a point – and then the opposition score.

On the flip-side, if you are the team who score it’s a fantastic feeling, just like for us on Saturday.

We all get to experience the highs and lows.

I didn’t watch the FA Cup draw, but obviously know we were the last team out – and just missed landing Chelsea or Derby.

As a lower league club you always hope to get one of the biggest Premier League clubs, but that’s no disrespect to Bournemouth.

We’ve got to get past Fleetwood first on Tuesday before we can contemplate that match.

It’s a big positive to be at home.

Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd behind us and we’ve had the upper-hand over them of late.

It’s an FA Cup game so the pressure is off a bit.

We look forward to it and will go into the game confident.

Before all that we’ve got York City in the league.

York might not be on a good run, but as I’ve said before, if you look at the number of defeats, draws or wins a team has had it can get into your head.

It can then have an adverse effect on the team.

Whoever we face, no matter what their record, we’ll treat the same – with the same respect.

Once again we’ll go into it aiming to win the game.

We’ve got a few players coming back and you don’t really want injuries for the manager’s sake.

He wants to pick from a full squad – but we don’t get that many injuries here in Burton.

We are well looked after – the physio does a very good job.

I think we only every really miss one or two, and I also think we have a tougher mentality here than some other clubs perhaps.

I’ll be doing the same when I arrive at the ground today.

I always put my kit straight onto the floor when I arrive. It’s just become a bit of a habit.

I’m not sure you’d call that superstition. It’s a routine I’ve got into.

Football is a very mental game and some players have their superstitions which they try to use to their advantage – but I don’t really buy into that.

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