Date: 8th March 2016 at 8:06am
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Manager Phil Parkinson has called on the side to build on the weekend’s positives against Bury as we head into the game against Burton Albion tonight.

Hosting the current League One table toppers at Valley Parade for the match, and having draw a line under Colchester disappointment, Parkinson called for a big ‘team effort’ to get us back to winning ways as he spoke to the media in his pre game press conference.

Quoted from the event by the Official Website, the gaffer explained that the aim would be to make the game in hand count as victory would see us go level with Barnsley in the final Play Off spot in the table.

‘The point at Bury on Saturday has set us up for this game. The result on Saturday was a good one when you look at the league, we now have an opportunity to really use the game in hand. We will need the fans right behind us on Tuesday night. If you read the quotes from their win at Sheffield United last Tuesday, they tried to frustrate and quieten the home crowd. Burton will have had a scout at our Colchester United game and I’m sure they’ll be trying to do the same again tomorrow night. Our fans have been magnificent, however, in terms of the way they have stuck behind the team throughout my time here.’

Parkinson went on to say that it was vital in knowing that that the fans came in their usual proud and loud voices and stuck behind the side whatever mistakes or errors might take place, as the atmosphere for him will be key to gaining the victory.

‘It is so important that our fans continue to stay right behind the lads even if there is a misplaced pass or the odd mistake. We have to make it a difficult place for Burton to play their football. For the most part, teams find it extremely hard to play their football coming to Valley Parade when the atmosphere is right up there and the team and the crowd are right on it. We have to maintain that on and off the pitch. Obviously there can be that tension when we get to this business end of the season but everyone has to play their part once again. From our point of view, we know we have to put in committed performance against Burton. If we do that, the fans will be right behind us and become that ‘twelfth man.’ Ultimately, we are playing the side top of the league and it is going to need a team effort on Tuesday night.’

He ended by saying that many in the early stages of this year may have underestimated just how good and tough a side Burton are, but we can’t make that mistake because sitting top of the table shows just how good a side they are but we have to find a way to overcome that.

‘People may have underestimated Burton at times this season but we will be putting demands on our players to play at their very best come tomorrow evening because that is what is going to be required. Burton’s work ethic has shone out for them this season but we are more than capable of matching that tomorrow.’


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