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In opposition: Burton Albion v Exeter City

20 February 2013

Burton Albion have been impressive at home this season, racking up 11 wins at the Pirelli Stadium, while Exeter City have registered 10 victories on the road this term. This weekend, the Brewers host the Grecians.

It promises to be an enthralling encounter between two of npower League 2's promotion contenders, and here, a fan from each club previews the match. 


Name: Reece Brown.

Club: Burton Albion.

Number of years as a supporter: Around six or seven years.

Favourite moment as a fan: It has to be promotion to The Football League in 2009. Another could be the 4-2 win away at Leicester City in the Capital One Cup this season. Promotion was the best moment though, it's great for a club of our size to be in The Football League.

How many games a season do you attend? I go to all home games and over half of the away games.

Where do you sit? I stand in the west terrace at the Pirelli, behind the goal.

Name: Neil Le Milliere.

Club: Exeter City.

Number of years as a supporter: 33 serious, 26 learning.

Favourite moment as a fan: Could be Wembley and winning the Conference Play-Off or drawing 0-0 away at Manchester United, but probably getting married on the pitch in 2004. However, getting relegated out of The Football League in the match following the ceremony wasn't quite so good.

How many games a season do you attend? Every game, home and away, unless I really cannot get there, although family functions are not a good enough excuse.

Where do you sit? Sit? I stand on the Big Bank, probably one of the last remaining big terraced ends, although it is ready to have seats bolted in if we were ever forced to do so.



What happened in your last match?

RB: We beat Fleetwood Town 4-0 away, which was a surprise considering our away form over the season - only winning three until Saturday. There was a bit of controversy for our first goal, a penalty after the Fleetwood 'keeper had brought down Jacques Maghoma when he was through on goal, which meant he was sent off. However, we played very well in the second half and grabbed three more goals through Maghoma again, Billy Kee and Calvin Zola.

NLM: A much-valued home win against Accrington Stanley, breaking the terrible run of bad results, though only with two late goals in the last 10 minutes.

Why is this game important?

RB: Both teams are fighting for promotion, potentially automatic promotion to League 1, with third place up for grabs. Our home form is great, winning 11 from our 16 games. Exeter's away form is almost identical to our home form, winning 10 of their 15 away games. It should be a great game.

NLM: An away day win would actually set yet another 'most away wins in a season ever' record after it was set in the last away match. More importantly it is a six-pointer as Burton are one point ahead of us in the table, so a victory would see us leapfrog them. Even a draw would mean we'd still be only one point behind with a game in hand.

How do you see this game going?

RB: I can see this being a draw. Two teams high up the table fighting for promotion, both up for a win, so I think they'll cancel each other out.

NLM: With our away form you have to fancy us to get something, but with Burton's current form it is not going to be easy.

Who should we keep our eye on?

RB: For us, it has to be Jacques Maghoma and Billy Kee - they're both playing very well, as shown in the last few games. Billy has three goals in his last two games and Maghoma constantly causes trouble for any right-back. He's scored four in his last four games, which is great for any winger.

'He's bigger than a tractor' - that's our favourite chant this year and it is for Kevin Amankwaah, a rampaging right-back or midfielder whose ability to go past people and put in crosses is growing more notable as the season goes on.NLM:

Any memories of previous encounters?

RB: I remember the entertaining 4-4 draw at the Pirelli from our Conference days, they equalised in added time, which was disappointing. The other match I remember, but want to forget, is our 3-0 loss away to Exeter in September 2012 - we were awful, the scoreline showed that.

NLM: We have always enjoyed our visits to Burton, but to be fair it has been more for the visits to the pub than the football.

Score prediction?

RB: 1-1, Billy Kee with our goal.

NLM: I am going to be bold and say 2-1 to us, but a draw is possibly more realistic.

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