WHEN the other balls left are Chelsea, Derby, & B’mouth, B’mouth away would be everyone’s last choice!
BOURNEMOUTH still a Championship club – more chance of progressing than against Chelsea(assuming we see off Fleetwood)!
WITH Derby and Chelsea two of the other four balls left, Bournemouth away is a poor one.
Long trip the week after Christmas, isn’t one to get the buzz going.
And it wouldn’t make the club much money (if we win our replay).
BURTON Albion’s FA Cup game against Fleetwood Town was like the plot of a good thriller film.
Everyone was kept in suspense until near the end, when the villains look to have triumphed, but right at the last minute our hero does something fantastic and saves the day.
The hosts and all except a dozen or so folk in the ground thought Albion were going to lose 1-0 when Fleetwood scored after 83 minutes.
It wasn’t a great goal, but then Fleetwood hadn’t looked like a great side all day.
It was a goal that the Burton defence allowed them to score when they let their guard down for a second.
Up until that stage the defence had been solid and negated the majority of the home side’s attack.
Burton made Fleetwood look ordinary, Dean Lyness made a couple of great saves to keep a clean sheet up to that point.
It was unfortunate that in making one clearance he knocked out Adam McGurk, but that did give our hero Billy Kee the chance to play his part.
The dozen or so folk who decided not to accept the result as inevitable, were of course Gary Rowett and his team.
They did not allow themselves to get deflated at being a goal down with just seven minutes to go and attacked with renewed strength.
They didn’t manage to score after 90 minutes – but there were four minutes of extra-time, and Kee scored a great goal in the 93rd minute.
It was thoroughly deserved, as Burton would have felt rightly aggrieved if they had lost this match.
A number of earlier shots at goal from both Chris Hussey and Rene Howe could easily have secured victory for Albion with just a little more luck.
Fleetwood have had half a million pounds spent on players to get them to where they are now.
They do have 11 expensive players, but they don’t have a team.
Burton’s players haven’t really cost anything like that money.
But Gary has welded them into a team and as long as they keep playing like this, they will do well.
I predict we are going to win the replay at Pirelli with all the home crowd shouting them on.