WHETHER a match is at home or away doesn’t seem to be a big issue to this Albion side – it all seems to hinge on whether, on the day, they are ‘up for it’.
They were certainly back to their best on Saturday, and it was probably the best team effort of the season.
Everyone fought for everyone else.
Billy Kee and Adam McGurk were a formidable strike force and seemed to be the right combination to produce goals.
Kee’s first goal stamped Albion’s authority onto the game and the Wycombe defence were just not good enough to cope and had to resort to overly robust tackling to try and stop Kee.
This was penalised when the referee awarded a penalty which Billy converted early in the second half.
It was good to see Albion come out of the traps firing on all cylinders at both the start of the game and at the start of the second half, as this is often an area of weakness for the Brewers.
We have had more than our fair share of reasons to mention the match officials but in this game they were totally professional and made sound decisions throughout.
The Burton midfield worked as one man, working at full speed all game, and when that happens we are unbeatable in this league.
The defence also looked more solid with the return of Ian Sharps, who I am sure is a changed man now that he has had three games to contemplate how important it is to stay calm in the face of provocation.
I was previously unsure about Phil Edwards and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, but I am now free of doubts.
Both of them are true quality players – which shows why Gary chooses the team and us fans don’t.
It was also nice to see Damien McCrory have a really good game as he has struggled recently, but he looked to be back to his old ways in this game.
It was a pity we relaxed at the end to allow Wycombe to score, but it wouldn’t be an Albion game if it didn’t have a nail-biting finish.
The three points doesn’t move us up many places in the table, but it has done wonders for the spirit of both the fans and the team.