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MacDonald: Back in the fold

17 March 2014

Brewers striker pleased to be back

Burton Albion striker Alex MacDonald admits it's been frustrating to be out of the starting line-up, but is hoping to grab his opportunity over the coming games.


MacDonald came on during the second half against the Dons when Zeli Ismail pulled up with injury, and although MacDonald was disappointed for his team mate, he hopes to put his name in the frame for next Saturday's match.

"I'm happy with my performance when I came on. It's been a frustrating season for me and it's been hard to nail down a place in the team, especially with Zeli out there. He's done really well and he's been really unlucky with the injury, so I'm gutted for him.

"When you're out of the team and got players like Zeli who are playing well, you become frustrated that you aren't out there but you can't really argue with it in that sense. I've come off the bench today and hopefully I can stake a claim for next weekend.

"It could be a great opportunity for me, but I really feel for Zeli. Anyone watching and seeing him sprinting and pull up with a hamstring injury like that is a sore one, so hopefully he has a speedy recovery," said MacDonald.

Saturday's talking point came when AFC Wimbledon's late goal denied Burton victory, but MacDonald says the squad are keen to get back into training and put the result behind them.

"The gaffer came in at the end and said the time of the goal was more than what was given. It was a standard set-piece that we should be defending but we've been in those situations before where we've chased the game.

"It feels like a defeat but we'll dust ourselves off and go again. We're frustrated like everyone else, especially when you're winning for so long.

"At the moment we're hurt, but it's another result and point on the board. We'll come back into training next week, work really hard and try and get a result in another tough game on Saturday.

"We haven't really said much about what we want - we all know what we want and we're just taking it game by game. It's a kick in the teeth but we're ready to go again."

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