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22 April 2014

Brewers defender looking to the play-offs

Marcus Holness came back into the Burton Albion side and slotted seamlessly into the defence at Newport County AFC and the former Rochdale man was pleased with his contribution against an opponent he seems to know well from previous encounters.

"I have played against Chris Zebroski before" explained Holness, "He likes to get in behind and he likes to challenge for it in a physical battle but I think that barring the goal they got we should have beaten them really."

"I have been in and out of the side a bit of late. I seem to come in whenever they need me to do a job and I will do what I need to do when called upon. I think as a team we did well. We knew what to expect from them. They weren't going to play much football, especially on that pitch, so we knew we had to prepare for a battle and I think we did well, apart from the goal we conceded."

Despite starting the season as a regular a red card at AFC Wimbledon along with the signing of Shane Cansdell-Sherriff to partner Ian Sharps at the back has restricted the appearance of Holness but the defender feels that the squad is better and stronger right now and better equipped for a second successive tilt at the League 2 play-offs.

"It has been a difficult season for me but when you look at it Sharpsy and Shane have been in great form together so I cant complain too much about that. As a team we are where we were last year but I think that this time we have a better squad as a whole to push on and really do it this year. Hopefully we can improve in the play-offs and go up this time around."

With the incentive of going one better and making the trip to Wembley for the final Holness feels that there are a number of his team mates who have not played at the home of football and who would relish the chance to do so. Holness also feels that the chance to compete in the play-offs is a chance to put last season's defeat to Bradford City behind them, a game that Holness feels he perhaps did not do himself justice in.

"I dont think many of the lads have played at the new Wembley. The atmosphere is unreal so it would be fantastic to do it that way."

"I didnt feel that I played to my best in the play-offs last year but it is what it is and we can only go out there and try to improve again so we will see what happens."

With a play-off position now guaranteed Holness insists that the team's approach to Sunday's game with Chesterfield will not change and that the Brewers will be intent on taking the three points to maintain the sides momentum going into the end of season.

"We will stick to the same principles against Chesterfield. We will go out and play how we do every game. We will go out to win regardless of the fact that we are in the play-offs so it will be the same as always and we will be going out for the three points."

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