06:00 Monday 24 February 2014

Burton Albion defender Ian Sharps wants immediate response to Bristol Rovers loss

Written byTOM SLOAN

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IAN Sharps says Burton Albion have to quickly pick themselves up after Friday night’s defeat at Bristol Rovers, writes TOM SLOAN.

The Brewers went down 2-0 at the Memorial Stadium after a flat display, recording their first away defeat in League Two since November.

Tomorrow night they once more head down the M5 to face Torquay – and Sharps wants an immediate response.

“There’s no point in moping about it too long – we can go to Torquay and win,” said the 33-year-old centre-half. “That’s our aim now.

“If we want to get promoted we’ve got to do better (than four points from the run of three away games).

“But we’re in a position now where we can only get four points now.

“So we’ve just got to get on with it. We’ll just kick on.”

Sharps, skippering the side with Lee Bell on the bench, reckons tomorrow’s trip to Plainmoor could be similar to Friday’s journey to Bristol.

“The pitch won’t be the best because they’ve had a lot of bad weather down there,” he said. “It’ll be similar to tonight.

“I’m sure they (Torquay) were here watching tonight and will think coming away ‘we’ve got a chance here’.

“We’ll have to book our ideas up Tuesday night and give it a better shot.

“It’s a long way to go but that’s no excuse, we’ve just got to get on with it.”

Sharps was honest in his assessment of Albion’s performance on Friday night, admitting they were simply second best to Rovers.

“They played well and we didn’t,” he said. “It wasn’t a good recipe for us and we were second best virtually all over the pitch, which obviously means we were going to get beaten.

“They dominated from the start if I’m being honest and had more chances, more possession and played the conditions better and the pitch better.

“We just weren’t good enough – we’ve got to hold our hands up and go again on Tuesday.

“We have to pick ourselves up in the morning after a defeat like this.

“We could have come here, played well and still got beaten – we’d have the same points total.

“Every now and again teams have bad performances and that was ours tonight.

“You’ve got to look at yourself and did you perform?

“I think most didn’t today.”

For the Brewers it was a third defeat on the bounce at the Memorial Stadium – and Sharps too has never had any luck at the ground during spells at previous clubs including Shrewsbury and Rotherham.

“Not just Burton – myself I’m about 19-0 down on aggregate here, so it’s not my lucky ground,” he said.

“It wasn’t through lack of effort – we had a good go.

“Maybe it wasn’t put into the right channels, but you can’t fault the lads for effort.

“But we weren’t good enough on the ball, getting second balls – all over the pitch.

“We’re disappointed with how we played.”

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