Q&A With Burton Albion

  • April 27, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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As the Championship relegation battle reaches it's penultimate weekend, Bolton's miserable away record is set to see them drop into League One.

Those are the views of Burton Albion supporter Anton Williams (@monkeynuts87), who spoke to us ahead of Saturday's clash between themselves and Wanderers at the Pirelli Stadium.

In the following Q&A interview, Anton shares his views on how Burton have recovered from relegation certainties to having put survival in their own hands, why Marvin Sordell could come back to haunt his former employers, as well as what League One football would mean to fans of both clubs.

Q: Having lost 5-0 at home to Hull City two weeks ago, Burton have responded with back-to-back victories and know a third in succession would lift them out of the relegation zone at Bolton's expense. Without a win in nine beforehand, what has suddenly changed at the Pirelli Stadium?

A: We finally have a strike force that is fighting fit. The squad has had the belief throughout that we could pull it off.

When the fixtures came out it was clear to see that if we could be in with a shout come April, these were the games where we could pick up points.

Q: Lloyd Dyer scored the only goal in this season's reverse fixture, as he maintained an impressive record of having netted four times in eight career appearances against Wanderers. With eight strikes to his name, is he likely to be a threat yet again or should visiting supporters be fearful of somebody else?

A: Unfortunately it looks like Lloyd wont be fit for the weekend but at the moment Liam Boyce and Hope Akpan are the two key players.

Both now have a run of games under their belts and are match fit, which is clear to see as their performances have been key to our upturn in form.

Marvin Sordell, as you are aware, is always is capable of providing some magic, which he did against Sunderland as a substitute.

Q: On the flip side, Bolton have struggled for goals of late - failing to score in four of their last five outings. Despite that, who stands out as a key man on a day where defeat would condemn Albion to League One football next season?

A: We cannot underestimate any player or any team. We need to remain organised and play without fear.

We do what we do and let Bolton worry about themselves.

Q: Phil Parkinson and Nigel Clough have worked amongst the smallest budgets in the Championship, so it perhaps shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see the two clubs struggling at the foot of the division. With one, if not both clubs, heading for relegation, do you think they deserve to retain their respective positions ahead of the new campaign?

A: No-one has any divine right to play in any league, you have to earn it.

We will continue to play as we do, run the club as we do whatever league we play in and enjoy the experience. From non-league to Championship in such a short space of time, for me, is the biggest success in football history when you take all the factors into account.

I can't speak for Bolton and their thoughts, but seeing a former Premier League club fall into the lower leagues isnt nice. However, I'm sure you will get things right and acheive the great heights again one day.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: I'm going for a 2-1 Burton win - with Boyce netting twice.

I wish Bolton all the best in the last game of the season, but hopefully not too well at our expense.

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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