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Sharps: Time to step it up

19 November 2013

Defender backs side to return to form

Brewers defender Ian Sharps is confident Albion can bounce back to winning ways after suffering the 2-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

The centre-back explained how conceding goals at the start of either half knocked the sides' confidence and momentum, especially after half-time when Burton looked the more likely team to score.

Sharps told Brewers Player: "We had a chance within the first couple of minutes from a corner and their 'keeper has made a decent save, if that goes in it is a totally different game and then the penalty knocked us a little bit.

"Just as we were getting into the game in the second-half we have conceded a soft goal and again it knocked us back a little bit and we didn't really get going.

"It probably shouldn't have but it did and it took us a little bit of time to get going," he added.

Sharps admits he as an experience defender was frustrated at conceding what he described as 'soft goals' at key times.

"We were the better team going into the end of the first-half and the beginning of the second-half they've got their second goal and we shouldn't be conceding that type of goal," he said.

The former Shrewsbury Town man has backed Albion to come back stronger when they face Bristol Rovers at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday and admits everyone needs to up their game if they're to get back to winning ways.

"They had good players and we just didn't defend well enough or do anything to 100 percent today and you need to do that to win games, everyone will be looking to step it up next week.

"We're disappointed of course we are and hopefully it will be two goals that we don't concede again this season."

"We've made chances but we haven't made their goalkeeper work enough I think.

"I don't think it was a penalty but the referee has given it and we just had to get on with it, hopefully we get some decisions go our way soon," Sharps added.

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