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PALMER: READY FOR WANDERERS TEST

24 March 2014

Brewers looking for three points against Chairboys

Matty Palmer felt that the Brewers were unfortunate not to come away from Glanford Park without something to show for their efforts against fellow promotion contenders Scunthorpe United, but with that game done and dusted it is on to Wycombe Wanderers at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday and another chance to put points on the board to help Albion’s own promotion cause.


“We have to try and put Saturday behind us now,” the young midfielder said, “We felt like we should have come away with a draw but now we have to focus on Tuesday’s game and go for the win again.”


“I felt that their goal on Saturday had a bit of luck about it. The ball has hit him and flown in whereas when we have those sorts of chances at the moment they are going over or wide so we need our luck to change around a little bit over the next few games and nowhere better than at home to Wycombe on Tuesday.”


Palmer returned to the side on Saturday having been rested by manager Gary Rowett for the away trip to Portsmouth and the home draw against AFC Wimbledon having previously established himself as a mainstay of the team throughout the campaign.


“The gaffer said he felt I just need a bit of a rest given the run in that we have got and so I sat out the couple of games before Saturday but I came in feeling fresh against Scunthorpe and now I am ready for this next game against Wycombe. I have played probably more than I expected to at the start of the season but the gaffer knows what he is doing and it was right to leave me out for a breather but I am glad to be back in now and helping the team again.”


The Albion starlet is also sure that everyone in the Brewers dressing room is still positive and looking upwards rather than behind them at the other sides chasing play-off places.


Palmer explained: “We have eight games to go now but all the players are confident. No-one is looking at the play-offs, we are all still targeting automatic promotion. Saturday was a bit of a setback but if we can win on Tuesday then we are right back in it, especially if some of the other results go our way.”


Tomorrow’s game is the final scheduled midweek fixture and Palmer feels that it is a good thing that the game comes around quickly after the disappointment of the Scunthorpe result


“Having had a disappointing result in the last game we really want the next game to come around quickly so we can try to get it out of our system and get a win on the board. If we can be a little bit more clinical in front of goal then I am sure that the results will start to go for us again. As long as we keep on doing what we are doing in the build up then I am sure our luck will turn around a bit.”


Albion will also be looking to exorcise the feelings surrounding the late equaliser scored by AFC Wimbledon in the last home game but with 24 points still to play for it there is still a chance for the Brewers to achieve their aims come the end of the season.


“The last game at home was hard to take with Wimbledon scoring so late on but we are a strong group of players and we will carry on going until its mathematically impossible for us to get automatic promotion but we have to try and make sure we get three points on Tuesday against Wycombe. It will be a different type of challenge and a different game as they are battling at the other end of the table but we have to concentrate on our own game and take care of what we need to do. If we do that we can hopefully get the right result on Tuesday.”

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