16:03 Saturday 07 December 2013

Lee Bell's weekly Burton Albion column


WE TAKE on Fleetwood Town again today and they will definitely be looking for revenge.

I think we shocked them in the first half we played up there in August, when we raced into a 3-0 lead by half-time.

And I think after the game we shocked everyone with that result and how well we played.

It was a really good 45 minutes, but we’ve got to do that over 90 minutes now.

The manager will have them well up for this game, especially when you remember that we won 4-0 up there last season as well.

We’re going to have to be really at it to get anything out of the game, but we are all really up for it.

It’s the FA Cup, and there’s the chance of a big tie in the next round, but first things first, we have to beat Fleetwood.

We don’t look past our next game.

I’m sure they’re the same, that they want to progress and get themselves in the hat.

The manager decided to give us a few days off, so we’ve had a bit of a break this week.

We had three games in a week, and there’s going to be a lot of games coming up, so it was a chance to recharge our batteries.

We’ve had some long trips and some of the lads weren’t getting to sleep until two or three o’clock on a Sunday morning, so I think it’s important to take that break when you can.

But if you’re not on the training ground, you’re not making progress, so it’s also about finding that balance.

We’ve kept seven clean sheets in the last nine games, and won those matches as well.

The clean sheets are more pleasing – for me, anyway – because they win you games.

The clean sheets are the ones you look for.

Gillingham won the league last season by keeping clean sheets, and we work really hard to try and keep other teams out.

I think teams have to do a lot to beat us now, and we’re making ourselves harder to play against.

No-one is getting easy wins against us.

But we still play decent football, we want to score more and we are getting forward when we can.

The Burton Mail gave me man of the match against Plymouth on Saturday, but it’s more important that the team do well.

I gave the ball away a couple of times which my teammates let me know about – as they always do.

But I was quite pleased with the performance.

The game is about more than just tackling, and we’ve got to be in tune with each other in terms of our defending as well.

Confidence is high at the moment, but then it’s always high, no matter the results.

We have a great bunch of lads here, we’re friends off the pitch as well, and we really look forward to every game.

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