Sharp words of warning as Town battle the bogey men

Ian Sharps (right) challenges Jon Parkin in this season's FA Cup encounter.
Ian Sharps (right) challenges Jon Parkin in this season's FA Cup encounter.

Burton Albion have become something of a bogey team for Fleetwood Town , with the Cod Army having failed to win any of the teams’ last four meetings.

Three of those encounters have come this season, with Burton having won 3-2 at Highbury in August’s League Two clash and 1-0 in the FA Cup second round replay after an initial 1-1 Highbury.

The Brewers are third in the table and on a 10-match unbeaten run in the league, and it’s a measure of their high standards these days that defender Ian Sharps isn’t entirely happy with their record against Graham Alexander’s Town.

Sharps said: “When we played them in the league they scored twice against us which is obviously two more than we like to concede.

“They’ve got good forwards and good midfielders going forward, so it’s something we’ll have to watch out for.”

Fleetwood did record their first ever win in the Football league away to Burton last season, though Gary Rowett’s side have not tasted defeat in the league since a 2-0 reverse at Dagenham and Redbridge on November 16. Their last outing was a goalless draw away to Bury.

Another influential Club captain Lee Bell, who won last season’s Player of the Year award.

Billy Kee and Adam McGurk are the club’s joint-top-scorers this season with seven goals each.

At the age of 50, Burton goalkeeper Kevin Poole is the oldest player currently registered in the Football League, though he has yet to make a league appearance this season.

Rory Delap, best remembered as a long-throw specialist with Stoke, made six appearances for Burton this season but retired from professional football last month.