MATTY Palmer believes Burton Albion’s away form could be the springboard to success this season.
The 18-year-old midfielder made his first league start for the Brewers at league leaders Chesterfield last Saturday, and looked unfazed by the occasion, just as he did on his full debut a few weeks earlier against Premier League side Fulham.
Albion won 2-0 at the ProAct Stadium, their fifth away win of the season, and they have the second-best League Two record on the road.
Palmer said: “It was really good to make my full debut, and we got a good result against top of the league.
“So I’m really happy.
“It was pleasing to both get the win and get the clean sheet.
“We got three points at a difficult place to come and we can only take positives out of it.
“We set up away from home very well.
“We’ve got good shape and we play on the counter.
“Last season our home form was probably the best in the league, and it’s only a matter of time before that turns around and we’ll go on a good run.”
So far this season, the Brewers have only lost one league game – the 2-1 defeat to Portsmouth – when they have kept all 11 players on the pitch, and have shown in their last two games that they have what it takes to be one of the challengers for promotion this season.
“I think we’ve been very unlucky in the past few weeks,” said Palmer.
“Obviously we’ve had the sendings-off, but not only that.
“We’ve created chances every week, but it’s fallen for us now and we’ve taken three points.”
Palmer has yet to open his account for the Brewers, but has come extremely close, with a fantastic run from his own penalty area against Southend United that ended with him thumping a shot off the post, and then a superb free kick against Chesterfield which was saved.
“I’m not getting the goal that I’m close to, but if I keep working it will come,” said the teenager.
“I’ve been close, like with that run and shot against Southend, and then last year at Gillingham it was cleared off the line by my own player, so it’s just not going in for me at the moment.
“If I can keep doing what I’m doing, then hopefully one will fall for me soon.”
Palmer played in a 4-5-1 line-up against the Spireites and then in a 4-4-2 in the home clash with Torquay United on Tuesday, and looks like he will be battling his skipper Lee Bell to hold onto his place away to Exeter City tomorrow.
He said: “I wouldn’t say I’m hopeful, as it’s up to the gaffer, but hopefully what I have done has shown him what I can do, and I’ll get another chance.
“It was really good to get 90 minutes – that was my second one of the season, so I’m really happy with that.”