Published: 22/02/2013 10:24

Damien believes Albion can stay right in the mix

Written byTOM SLOAN

DAMIEN McCrory says Burton Albion need to carry on winning their home games while building on their recent resurgence on the road.

The Brewers hammered Fleetwood Town 4-0 last week to record a first victory away from home since November.

It came on the back of draws at Oxford United and AFC Wimbledon and now Albion go into two home matches looking to consolidate their position in the League Two top seven.

“The only thing we’ve been on about changing was our away record,” said the 22-year-old left-back. “Last three away games, we’ve drawn two and won one. That says it all.

“We’ve got to keep our heads down, knuckle down and carry that on, as well as our home form.

“I think we can be right up there at the end of the season.”

McCrory returned from an ankle injury at Fleetwood after missing two games and was delighted to be back in the frame.

“First and foremost it was good to get back after being out injured for three weeks,” said the young Irishman. “It felt good to be back, especially with the away win after our away record this season.

“It was good to get four away from home. We haven’t done that all season, so it was a great game to be involved in.

“We won 4-0, we were solid from the word go and didn’t look like conceding at any stage.

“We created the most chances in the game so deserved the win.”

McCrory set up Billy Kee for his stunner at Fleetwood and was pleased to be involved in the club’s best away victory since coming into the Football League.
“I thought when I cut inside I was going to let fly on my right foot, but Billy was standing in front of me,” said McCrory. “I had no other choice but to pass it into his feet.

“Billy did the rest from there with a great finish.

“There were a lot of good goals scored.

“We create a lot of chances away from home and Fleetwood was probably the first time we’ve capitalised on them.

“We were solid in the back four as well and didn’t concede.

“The clean sheet pleased me most playing at the back, but it was good to get an assist as well.

“Scoring four goals shoves us up the table and improves our goal difference as well.”

The Brewers are currently sky high on confidence and are desperate to avoid a repeat of the miserable end to last season which saw them down at the wrong end of the table.

“Scoring four, the lads are very high on confidence,” said McCrory. “We’re also not conceding many goals lately.

“That’s a plus.

“Confidence is bound to be high in the dressing room. There’s a great atmosphere in the dressing room and every game we play, we go out to win.

“The gaffer is working us in training and doesn’t want a repeat of the relapse last season after Christmas.

“We’re kicking on and it shows in our performances – we’re not slacking off.

“We’re going for it and trying to win every game.”

Now, Albion face Exeter City tomorrow and Morecambe on Tuesday as they return to Fortress Pirelli Stadium hoping for six points to keep them right in the promotion hunt.

“At home we play a more attacking game,” said McCrory. “Away we’re hard to break down once we’ve got the lead.

“The away form is good at the minute, the home form is good and we’ve just got to carry on.

McCrory is also over the injury which ruled him out for three weeks, giving long-serving Aaron Webster a recall at left-back.

“I hurt a ligament in the front of my ankle and couldn’t move it too well for a week or so,” said McCrory.

“It ruptured a bit so I couldn’t move it.

“I hate being injured and it was just great to get back out there playing.

“I’m pleased to get back, win, score four goals and get a clean sheet.

“The physio, James (Rowland), has been brilliant too.”

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