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12:00 28th January 2014

Match Preview: Torquay United

Team News:
Manager Gary Rowett could have on loan defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff back in contention for the trip to Devon after the Australian defender joined in with training this week.

Striker Adam McGurk could also return to the Brewers squad after the forward missed the 4-2 defeat to Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Fellow forward Michael Symes will again miss Albion’s match as he continues to recover from a troublesome knee injury.


The Opposition:
The Gulls aren’t in the best of league form over the last ten games, with a 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon being their first success of the calendar year.


Torquay are currently two points from safety, having played a game more than most of their closest rivals.

Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves has been in the role for a matter of weeks, having taken over from Alan Knill at the beginning of January.

This is Hargreaves’ first job as manager, having previously been first-team coach under Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth.

Hargreaves enjoyed a long playing career in the lower divisions, playing for Grimsby Town, Hull City, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Northampton Tow, Brentford,


Torquay United and Oxford United, where he finished his career in 2010.



Manager’s Thoughts:
“We have to go to Torquay now and see if we can get a result, and get back to winning games away.

“We’ve been hard to beat away from home and we have to go and try to win one.


“We’ve changed our preparation slightly. We’re going to stay over after the game rather than go down a lot earlier.

“There’s no easy way of doing it, we have a four hour trip on a Tuesday but we’re going to stay down on Tuesday night and see if we can get recovered that way instead.

“Just because you’ve been on a ten game unbeaten run and sit in third, it doesn’t give you the right to win any game so we have to work hard and kick on again.”


Albion shade the head-to-head between the two sides with the Brewers ahead six wins to Torquay United’s five.

The sides have also drawn on three occasions.

The Brewers kept pace on the top seven with their second home win of the season in the reverse fixture.

With the game poised at 0-0 at half-time, goals from Jimmy Phillips and Adam McGurk in the last 20 minutes secured the win for Albion to keep themselves only five points off top spot.

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Winger Zeli Ismail is 3/1 to score in 90 minutes.

Burton Albion are 8/1 to win 2-1 or 6/1 to win 1-0 when you place a bet with Sky Bet.