It’s time to press on ac­cel­er­a­tor, says Jon

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PREVIEW - By Josh Mur­ray

HE MAY be rev­el­ling in the af­ter­math of two penalty saves in two games, but Bur­ton Al­bion keeper Jon McLaugh­lin is not ready to take his foot off the gas as play-off chas­ing Steve­nage ar­rive at the Pirelli Sta­dium to­mor­row night.

The Brew­ers have come into sparkling form at the per­fect time, win­ning their last four League Two matches, and six of the last eight, to cre­ate a buf­fer at the top of the ta­ble.

But with a run of games against sides also vy­ing for a spot in the third tier next sea­son – au­to­mat­i­cally or via a trip to Wem­b­ley – McLaugh­lin in­sists his side must con­tinue pick­ing up re­sults, start­ing with the visit of Boro.

“This is a key pe­riod, and it’s im­por­tant for us to main­tain our own mo­men­tum,” the 27-year-old shot-stop­per said.

“As the games start to run out, it puts more pres- sure on the teams be­low us. It is im­por­tant for us to keep our foot on the pedal and keep the pres­sure on them un­til it’s all over.”

Jimmy Floyd-Has­sel­baink’s ta­ble-top­pers will again be with­out the suspended Rob­bie Weir in mid­field, but the squad will be bol­stered by the ar­rival of loan sign­ings Jack Dunn and Kevin Ste­wart from Liver­pool and Denny Johnstone from Birm­ing­ham.

For the vis­i­tors, 18year-old Ben Kennedy is likely to fea­ture – per­haps from the bench – de­spite trav­el­ling with the North­ern Ire­land U19s to the Nether­lands, although their lengthy in­jury list still fea­tures the likes of David McAl­lis­ter, Harry Wor­ley and for­mer Brewer Calvin Zola.

Skip­per Ron­nie Henry is in pos­i­tive mood.

“We’ve put our­selves in a good po­si­tion over the last month or so, so we’re pos­i­tive that we can break into the play-offs – it just de­pends where we want to be in there,” he said.

“We can’t look too far ahead, though.We have pre­pared well for Bur­ton and we’ll be giv­ing it our best shot to get a big three points.”

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