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Preview: Exeter City v Burton Albion

25 October 2013

Burton Albion make the trip to Devon on Saturday in good form; having collected a maximum six points from their last two matches.

Two early Adam McGurkl goals were enough to see the Brewers 2-0 winners away at high flying Chesterfield last Saturday, a performance which was then followed by a victory by the same scoreline at home to Torquay United on Tuesday night; with McGurk again on the scoresheet as well as Jimmy Phillips.

The results have seen Gary Rowett’s men climb to ninth in a congested Sky Bet League 2 table, just three points off Saturday’s opponents; who currently occupy the third and final automatic promotion place.

However the Brewers will face a side in a similarly rich vein of form; with Paul Tisdale’s men recording three victories from their last five outings.

That includes an emphatic 4-0 away win over Scunthorpe United last weekend and a solid 0-0 draw against fourth-placed Oxford on Tuesday.

Aside from Rory Delap, who is likely to miss out through injury, the Brewers should have a full complement of players to choose from for the trip to St. James’s Park.

Last season it was honours even with Exeter running our 3-0 winners at home, whilst the reverse fixture at the Pirelli Stadium saw the Brewers 4-2 winners; courtesy of goals from Michael Symes, Marcus Holness, Jacques Maghoma and Lee Bell.

Manager Gary Rowett commented: ‘We go down on the back of two wins and that's important; Exeter isn't an easy place to go.

‘We actually played really well there last season for the first 30 minutes and were the team with all the possession and chances but the more we attacked the more we seemed to open up spaces for them so we’ll look to put in a more resolute performance.

“Exeter are a good team and will make it difficult but we’ve been good away from home; we’re really looking forward to going down there because we’re in good form.

Supporters can follow the Brewers fortunes either on the day by purchasing tickets from St. James’s Park, by live commentary on Brewers Player or via the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

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