Q&A With Burton Albion

  • December 15, 2017 | By Gabe John
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Saturday's first-ever league meeting between Bolton and Burton Albion will not define the season for either club, despite being billed as a relegation six-pointer.

Those are the views of Brewers supporter Anton Williams (@monkeynuts87), who spoke to us ahead of their Sky Bet Championship trip to Macron Stadium.

In the following Q&A interview, Anton shares his views on the importance of the weekend clash, why former Wanderers forward Marvin Sordell could silence a few of his critics, as well as the possibility of dragging other clubs back into an end-of-season dogfight.

Q: Burton start the weekend bottom of the table, with just 14 points, but a win on Saturday could take you out of the relegation zone. From a fans' perspective, how important is the trip to Macron Stadium - could it make or break your season?

A: Saturday's game is important but so are the other 45 other games throughout the season.

We are not in the position we would like to be and a win on Saturday would certainly make things easier, but there are still plenty of games and points to play for so I don't see this as a must-win game.

Q: Earlier in the year, Albion fought off competition from Nottingham Forest to keep manager Nigel Clough. What have you made of his time at Burton and is he the right man to keep you in the division this season?

A: To keep Nigel at the club was brilliant. We could not ask for someone more passionate about the club.

We have someone that knows the club better than anyone and, most importantly, built a side/squad full of players who work for each other and want to perform a miracle two seasons on the trot.

I'm not sure there is anyone else out there that can achieve what he has at Burton with the budget we have.

Q: Wanderers and Burton have similar budgets and did very little spending over the summer. How do you compare both squads and where would you pick out as your strongest and weakest attributes as a team on the pitch?

A: We made a record signing in the summer with the addition of Liam Boyce, but he suffered a serious injury in pre-season and that has not helped us.

We are lacking a goalscorer at the moment but I'm sure the plans for January will hopefully solve that.

Bolton have a good experienced squad and are starting to pick up points. I feel that the bottom eight clubs in the league are all similar in terms of squad strength and everyone can beat everyone.

It's a tough league again this year.

Q: Looking forward to Saturday - who is Burton's biggest threat to Bolton and, vice versa, who from Wanderers could cause you problems?

A: On his day and always capable of a piece of brilliance, as you all know, is Marvin Sordell.

He has got lots of potential but just needs a goal to get going again. Against his former club is as good a time as any.

We fear no one. We play what's in front of us and go from there.

Q: Finally, how do you see Saturday's game panning out? Could the great escape be on, or will Burton fall even further adrift?

A: I feel Saturday will be the day we turn it around, kick on and get some much needed points on the board.

It will go down to the wire at the end of season but I'll keep believing that we can perform the miracle of stopping up again.

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