19:24 Sunday 02 February 2014

Fans' reaction to Burton Albion's draw with Exeter City

Written byDOM MILLS

WELL, the conditions didn’t help, but it was a woefully inept display by the Brewers today.

Sorry to say it’s two points dropped.

(Gary) Alexander (was) not on long enough to judge – a few good touches.

Too many off form today: (Billy) Kee, (Matty) Palmer, (Adam) McGurk.

Mark Harden (@markharden)

TWO points lost – what has Billy Kee got to do to get a full game?

FA Cup hangover all over again. (Gary) Alexander? Did he play!!

Wayne (@WP1965)

THE goals against since (Zander) Diamond got back into the team isn’t exactly impressive.

SCS (Shane Cansdell-Sherriff) and (Ian) Sharps are the best partnership.

Dave Bott (@DaveBott78)

WE SIGNED a new striker to try and stop the goal famine.

For some reason we didn’t start the game with him in the side.

We relied on Adam McGurk and Billy Ke for the first hour. Both had a poor game.

The Albion attack was toothless and Exeter clearly sensed it.

Exeter had two early goals fortunately disallowed for offside.

That flattered them really. They were not a great side, only managing three shots on target all game.

Albion should have got the better of them.

Exeter concentrated their attacks on the Burton left back Damien McCrory.

They clearly felt that was the vulnerable part of defence.

They rarely went to the right side of the pitch where Edwards was in his usual fine form.

Burton scored an own goal, on the hour, to put the visitors ahead.

Certain sections of the crowd had, for some time, been shouting for Gary (Rowett) to substitute McGurk and Kee as they were clearly struggling.

There was about to be a double substitution, with (Gary) Alexander and (Dominic) Knowles coming on, when McGurk had his one effective kick of the game and scored from a classic Ismail cross.

Ismail did his best in difficult circumstances.

It would have been nice if that had prompted a Burton revival.

But it did not and in the next 10 minutes Kee and McGurk were both quickly substituted.

It would have been asking a lot for the new signing to turn this game into a win when he had never met the team before.

He did however look to be robust and up for it.

Hopefully this attitude will inspire his teammates when he gets a full 90 minutes.

The midfield had a very bad day, apart from Jimmy Phillips who put in a full shift with some penetrating runs.

However,can someone please help Robbie Weir with his passing – this is not rugby – he is allowed to pass the ball forwards.

This season, we have an Albion team more than capable of promotion to League One.

It has taken the club 64 years to get to this position.

It would be letting down all the people who have worked so hard over the years if we let this chance slip.

Unfortunately, our form so far in 2014 will condemn us to another year in League Two unless it improves quickly.

We are averaging a point a game this year. If that continues we will finish the season with just 65 points.

That is 11 less than we got last year. We won’t make the playoffs.

I don’t like to moan, but come on Albion.

You are a lot better than that display on Saturday – time to get to work!

Steve Smith

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