17:17 Monday 16 December 2013

Fan's view: Steve Smith on his Burton Albion 12 days of Christmas

Written byDAVID BROOME

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BURTON Albion fan Steve Smith has got in the festive spirit with a Brewers wish list of presents for the “12 days of Christmas”, in the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

One striker scoring

I would give that gift to Rene Howe (pictured) as the final touch keeps eluding him. He missed a sitter on Saturday

Two goals in a game

We don’t concede many now but neither do we score more than one a game in the opposition net. We scored two on Saturday but I don’t count own goals!

three quality match officials

It’s a rare item I know, but if they come in a three-pack then I think we deserve one for one of our games.

Four playmaking midfielders

The midfield did not make the link between defence and attack – Robbie Weir and Lee Bell too often passed straight back to the defence when they got the ball.

Hence the defence are left with limited options and keep kicking the high ball upfield – which we rarely then keep possession of.

Chris Hussey is also struggling to recover his early season magic.

a high five to Matty PALMER

For being a midfield inspiration again when he came off the bench on Saturday.

six inches extra height

We were poor at winning the ball in the air.

York players seemed to tower above Albion.

a proper Man of the match performance from No 7 Lee BELL

He won it on Saturday and I was a bit surprised.

eight long boot studs

Burton players seemed to have trouble staying upright again in the York game.

What is it that makes our players so prone to losing their footing? It doesn’t seem to affect opposing teams in the same way.

a pair of size nine black shoes for Gary ROWETT

He always wears his brown shoes with his blue trousers and it drives the guy in the seat behind me crazy – he mentions it every week.

However, if that is the only mistake Gary ever makes, he is doing well.

I just wish he brought his subs on a bit earlier though.

ten players to defend corners

It was good to see that for the York game we kept at least one player upfield, available for the defence’s clearance from corners.

Albion too often have everyone back defending and we just invite teams to take shots at our goal as we struggle to break out from defence.

a starting 11 with Adam McGurk in it

We missed him on Saturday.

a merry Christmas to the 12th man

The Burton Boys choir behind the goal – there aren’t many of them, but they chanted and shouted support for the team throughout the game.

I wish they were in the seated section near me.

Good on you Burton Boys – keep it up.

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