WAS a hard-fought win on a sticky muddy pitch.
Moment of magic from Zeli sealed the win.
Showed great character again.
Deserved the win, determination all the way through.
Zeli with a great goal and these are the results that get play-offs.
BURTON matches against Morcambe are never noted for their subtle football.
When they played us at Burton in November there were 24 fouls, 10 yellow cards, one red card and Albion finished the game with just nine men on the field.
Kevin Ellison and his gang used disruptive, bully-boy tactics to psyche Albion out of the game.
Morcambe took all three points from that battle, with a lucky goal from a deflection.
It didn’t look promising before the return game when the pitch looked more suited to beach volleyball – with dozens of barrow loads of sand on it.
Last Saturday’s game also did nothing to give the travelling Albion fans hope that we could take any points away from Morcambe on their own turf – what bit of it there was.
Burton had to put on a good display in this game if they were to maintain the promotion push.
However, right from kick-off we saw a very different Burton Albion team to the half hearted crew of seven days before.
The defence were like a stone wall and limited Morcambe to just four shots on target all game.
None of those looked too dangerous and Lainton appears a good acquisition in the Burton goal.
Morcambe were also limited to just two corners.
There was clearly a determination among the Burton players to avenge the previous game.
The midfield worked like Trojans all game and Robbie Weir in particular had a massive impact on the game.
Whatever Gary has been feeding him on this last week, I suggest he continues with the same stuff this week.
Albion hassled and chased and totally outperformed Morcambe.
They did it by skill and hard work rather than gamesmanship and bullying though.
There were still twenty three fouls in this game , but only one yellow card.
The true character of the Burton team was clearly on show on Saturday.
When they play like that they are unbeatable in League Two.
Albion created loads of chances and had 17 shots at goal.
Unfortunately, our problem with strikers not scoring goals still continued with a number of clear-cut chances not converted.
Alexander looks promising though.
He is going to take a little while to gain full match fitness but he clearly brings something new to the Albion attack.
He is tough and seems determined to make his mark.
Gary made his substitutions 10 minutes earlier than normal and Ismail and Hussey replaced Phillips and MacDonald.
Zeli Ismail then proceeded to tear the Morcambe defence apart.
He scored an outstanding goal from outside the box.
You could see the impact this had on the home side.
There was going to be no equaliser, Burton were determined to take all three points and remained well in control until the final whistle. Job done!
Sometimes Gary Rowett uses the term ‘little old Burton’ to emphasise the fact we are a ‘small’ club. I do wish he wouldn’t .
There was nothing small about the Burton Albion team on Saturday.
They walked tall – head and shoulders above the Morecambe Shrimps.
Come on you Brewers – that promotion is ours this time.