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Zander hails Albion's young diamond

11 November 2013

Defender happy with clean sheet on return

Brewers' central defender Zander Diamond hailed Albion's professional approach after goals from Adam McGurk and Matty Palmer sealed Burton's place in round two and an away trip to Fleetwood Town.

He told Burtonalbion.co.uk: "We saw last season with the Altrincham that it doesn't matter what league you are playing in, it's going to be difficult.

"We had done our homework on Hereford yesterday (Saturday) and we knew we had to put in a professional performance in today.

"We knew they would come and make it difficult and play and express themselves but I thought we got the goals at the right times," he explained.

"The second one really kills it as a contest so it's a pleasing result and we're into the next round which is the most important thing."

Diamond replaced Shane Cansdell-Sherriff in the heart of the Brewers defence and the 28-year-old defender was delighted with the clean sheet on his return to Gary Rowett's starting line-up.

"As defenders that what we look at, the team has been doing very well and I've been sitting on the bench which has been frustrating at times but credit to Deano who's come in Jordan and picked a clean sheet up.

"We can go home happy with that clean sheet."

Diamond believes the second round tie against Fleetwood is a winnable but evenly-matched game and a chance to get their name in round three.

"It'll be another tricky tie, we've been their earlier on in the season and we've turned them over but with the romance of the FA Cup anything can happen on the day.

"We'll need to go there with the season approach as we have in the league and hopefully we can advance into the third round."

Like manager Rowett, Diamond was full on praise for 18-year-old Matty Palmer who's first competitive goal sealed the win.

Diamond said: "It's fantastic for the young man, I said at the beginning of the season that he is one to watch out for and credit to him.

"He comes in works really hard and he's got his chance.

"He looks to playing older than his age suggests and it's brilliant for him to gain experience at this level and I am sure he'll go onto bigger and better things, I have no doubt about that," he explained.

Next up for the Brewers is a trip to Dagenham and Redbridge and Diamond believes Saturday's game is a chance to continue their impressive away form.

He added: "Any win builds confidence that's what we do as professionals and that's what we want to strive to do when we work hard all week to try and get a result on a Saturday.

"We've got a good away record, we'll go down there with a game plan and the manager will get us ready this week."

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