It’s time to press on accelerator, says Jon
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.”