08:29 Saturday 18 January 2014

Burton Albion skipper Lee Bell's weekly column

Written byDAVID BROOME

CREDIT . . . Burton Albion midfielder Matty Palmer impressed against Bournemouth CREDIT . . . Burton Albion midfielder Matty Palmer impressed against Bournemouth

IT WAS a long journey back from Bournemouth on Tuesday night, and it would have been nicer to have had a decent result behind us – that always makes the long trips back easier.

They were a lot better team than I thought they would be – their pressing and movement was top class.

And they were looking to attack at any chance they got, playing with a lot of freedom.

I was really impressed with them, and believe me, it was a tough night playing in central midfield.

Our plan was to keep it tight, and although we conceded that early goal, we got back in the game, but then conceded a second just before half-time.

A goal at that time changes the team-talk and everything.

That was a really poor goal to give away, and we will have to look at that and see what happened.

The manager wasn’t happy with us at half-time, and he told us so.

He said some of us – me included – weren’t quite at it.

We knew they would have a lot of the ball, but we were still in the game with 20 minutes to go, and we got a bit more adventurous.

We created plenty of chances, but we’ve got to be more clinical.

One or two moments have changed the game.

The positives from the game were Deano (Dean Lyness) and Matty (Palmer)– they were the two outstanding players.

But we are always taking positives from games and this one was no different.

We had a good run in the cup, but it’s over now and – although it’s a cliché – we’re focusing on the league.

We’re flying high in the league, but Bury are going to be a hard team to beat today.

I’m sure Zeli Ismail will make his full debut today and we’re all looking forward to it.

We saw a little of Zeli last weekend, and he looks a really exciting talent.

I spoke to someone at Wolves about him, because they wanted to know how he was getting on.

They said he was really close to their first team, which shows what a prospect he is.

It was also great for Dom Knowles to get his first goals on Saturday.

Nobody works harder than Knowlesy in training, and he scores the most goals, and for the reserves.

Now he’s got the goal, he’ll be brimming with confidence and dying to get back in the team.

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