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Sharps: We showed character

14 December 2013

Defender praises team's character

Burton Albion’s central defender Ian Sharps praised the Brewers’ character after coming from behind for the second successive match to draw 1-1 with York City at the Pirelli Stadium in the Sky Bet League 2 clash.

Sharps’ fellow defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff put the Brewers behind after Michael Coulson’s effort deflected off the Australian’s head past Dean Lyness.

Striker Billy Kee rescued a point for Albion when his neat turn and shot from 10 yards found the back of the net on 72 minutes.

Sharps praised the side’s resolve after going behind despite dominating large spells of the match.

Sharps: “We kept thinking that we had to keeping going (after conceding) and we did and we have been doing that all season.

“We never give up, we have some great characters in the team and we were the ones who were looking threatening in the end,” said Sharps.

The defender admits the manager had spoken to the side about the long balls York work firing into the Albion box prior to Cansdell-Sherriff’s own-goal. 

“We’re disappointed with the goal, we don’t like conceding goals and the gaffer has spoken about it at half-time about the balls coming in the box and it’s come in the box and we haven’t defended it properly and it’s a disappointing goal.

“We’ve had chances and maybe they haven’t quite fallen to us in the box, they were bouncing around the box.

Despite the obvious disappointment of conceding their first goal in six hours of league football the defender emphasised the need to push on ahead of the visit of Fleetwood Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) in the FA Cup second round replay.

“It’s only one goal conceded in the last four league games so just have to push on from this today.

“It may have been six hours since we last conceded but we wanted it to be seven, eight or nine.”

He added: “I am a bit tender, I didn’t see him coming and he has split me in two, it was a physical game.”

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