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McCrory: Up the tempo

6 February 2014

Defender wants early goals

Up the tempo, that’s the message from left-back Damien McCrory ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League 2 clash with Morecambe.

The ever-present defender believes that if Albion are going to challenge for promotion this season they need to kill teams off with a ferocious first 15 minutes, starting with a solid away performance at the Globe Arena.

“We had a meeting the other day and we were saying that we are five points better off than we were last season so we’ve given ourselves a chance.

“I think in recent games we’ve gone off what we’re actually good at,” he explained.

“In our home games we usually start with a lot of tempo and when teams come here they tend not to live with us for the first 15 minutes.

“If you think about last season we were getting a lot of early goals and killing the game off early which is tough for teams coming away from home.

“This season it hasn’t happened as of yet but we’ve worked hard this week in training to try and go back to what we’re good at and put teams under pressure from the first whistle,” said McCrory.

With six away wins from 12 in Sky Bet League 2 the defender is content with the Brewers’ away form but insists Albion need to start putting teams to the sword and taking their chances.

“Our away form has been pretty solid this season compared to last season.

“I keep saying this every week that we just need to get an early goal and then it is only a matter of time before we’re beating teams by three or four goals,” explained the 23-year-old.

Saturday’s hosts sit nine points behind Albion in eleventh place and McCrory has backed the side to get back to winning ways.

“Morecambe is always a hard place to go to, they’re a very tough side and hard working.

“I’d imagine we won’t be getting any easy goals or easy opportunities up there.

“We’ve got to start the game as well as we can and hopefully get that early first goal and settle down.

“We need to get back to picking up three points because it will lift the boys again.

"But to do that we need a good solid away performance,” he added.

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