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Opinion: Are Burton Albion going to bottle it?

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Rewind to the early part of February 2016, Burton Albion were continuing their seismic rise from the Conference, and were well on their way into the Championship, seeing as they were eight points clear of third placed Wigan.

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Fast forward to the 5th April 2016 and the league table makes for slightly different reading, the Brewers have now been pushed down into second place by a rampant Wigan side that are on an unbelievable run of 19 games unbeaten.

Ever since Nigel Clough re-joined the club in a managerial capacity after Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink left Burton for the Queens Park Rangers job in the Championship, his results have been relatively good, out of the 20 games that Clough has managed Burton for in his second spell, he has won 10, drawn 5 and lost 5.

This is hardly a poor record, however, Burton have only managed to secure league wins in 3 of their last 10 games, this has seen Wigan leapfrog them into 1st position and seen Burton fall to 2nd.

Now that doesn’t sound too bad, seeing as two teams go up automatically from League One, however, Walsall, who are lying in third place, are admittedly 8 points behind Burton, but they have two games in hands over the Brewers.

A saving grace for the Brewers however, is their remaining run of fixtures, they have six games left to cement their place in the top 2, and these fixtures are against Scunthorpe United, Barnsley, Wigan Athletic, Colchester United, Gillingham and Doncaster Rovers.

Burton can at least take solace in the fact that they have beaten four of those teams already this season, and drew with another, however, Barnsley are a team rejuvenated since the Christmas period, winning 8 of their last 12 games, and the potential title decider against Wigan will be the biggest game of the season.

A lot will also depend on how the results fall for Walsall, especially regarding the two games in hand they have over the Brewers; you would imagine that if Walsall picked up anything less than 3 points in the two games, that Burton would stand a very good chance of gaining promotion to the second tier of English football.

Whatever happens, the ending to League One will be a fascinating one, regardless or not of them going up, the Brewers have had a fantastic season, especially after only coming up to the division last season.

It would just be such a shame for them to throw away an excellent shot at promotion having been leading the table for so long.

Burton Albion have 540 minutes left of league football to play for, starting with Scunthorpe on Saturday 9th April. One thing is for sure though, it’s going to be an enthralling ride for Wigan, Burton and Walsall supporters.

Will Burton lose their bottle and lose their place in the promotion spots? Do you agree Burton fans? Let us know in the comment box below!


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