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Diamond confident ahead of Chesterfield

29 March 2013

Burton Albion captain Zander Diamond believes the side are chomping at the bit ahead of Saturday’s npower League 2 contest against Chesterfield.

The Brewers return to home comforts for the first time in three weeks this weekend; the result of two consecutive away matches and last Saturday’s postponement.

Heavy and persistent snow thwarted Burton in their quest to make it 10 wins from 10 at the Pirelli a week ago and although not ideal, the former Aberdeen man believes the squad will have benefited from the enforced break.

‘It’s always frustrating when games are called off, especially when there is that uncertainty on the day of the match.’

‘The weather was so bad though that we couldn’t have played and it’s enabled us to get some rest in. We certainly feel well prepared ahead of Chesterfield.’

Chesterfield’s return to npower League 2 following relegation last season has not gone entirely to plan with the Spireites currently sitting 12th in the table.

However Paul Cook’s men cannot be overlooked, having won three matches this month whilst conceding only three in six games and Diamond insists Burton will be taking nothing for granted.

‘They’ve got some good players at their disposal and some decent experience in their ranks.

‘The season probably hasn’t gone as well as they would have hoped at the start of the season but they gave us a tough game over at their place over Christmas and they will undoubtedly carry a threat.

‘However they’re coming to our place and we have been playing very well at home and we’ll certainly be striving for nothing less than the three points on Saturday.’

After a return of four points from six on the road, the Brewers now have the chance to build on a club record nine straight wins at the Pirelli.

Although it is a record Diamond is justifiably proud of, it isn’t something the 28-year-old believes will be on the mind of the players come 3pm Saturday.

‘It would be a great achievement to make it 10 in a row and we’ve been playing some really good football at home.

‘To be honest though, we would take a scrappy 1-0 win to keep the momentum going at a crucial time. Three points at this stage of the season would be massive.’ 

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