Published: 30/01/2013 12:48

Burton Albion midfielder eyes improved away form

Written byTOM SLOAN

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JACQUES Maghoma hopes that Burton Albion can use their 1-1 draw at Oxford United as a catalyst for improving their away form.

The Brewers have not won away since November and have relied on their stunning form at the Pirelli Stadium to keep them in the League Two play-off places.

But on Tuesday night they ground out an impressive point at the Kassam Stadium thanks to Maghoma’s equaliser - and could even had nicked the win after dominating the closing stages of the game.

Now, Maghoma hopes the tide has turned on the road.

“I hope 100 per cent that this can be a turning point,” said the talented 25-year-old, who reached double figures for the season for the first time in an Albion shirt on Tuesday.

“If you look at all the away performances, we’ve probably missed out on a lot of points.

“I look at the away performance at Barnet (3-2 defeat) where we were comfortably winning and we ended up losing.

“There are a few others, too.

“Hopefully, if we take this as a springboard and push on, we can stay in there until the end of the season.”

Maghoma, who put in a man-of-the-match performance at Oxford, is hopeful that Burton can go and get three points at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The struggling London outfit are fighting to stay in League Two – and the midfielder is wary of coming unstuck at Kingsmeadow.

“We need to use this point at Oxford and improve on it at Wimbledon on Saturday,” said the former Tottenham Hotspur youth player.

“It won’t be easy - it’ll be a tough game because they’re fighting against relegation.

“It’s always tricky playing those teams, we’ve got to go there and grind out another result.

“I don’t think it’s going to be pretty, so we’ve got to go down there and just grind it out.”

Maghoma now hopes that an improvement on the road, along with the continuation of Fortress Pirelli Stadium, will fire Albion to a top-seven finish.

“If we improve that away performance I think we’ll go on and be a force - whether that’s (going up) automatically or staying up there in the top seven,” he said.

“We’ve also got to keep on winning our home games, which is important.”

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