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29 December 2016

MATTY Palmer says that spirits are high in the Burton Albion squad despite a run of four defeats.

The Brewers lost 2-1 to Aston Villa on Boxing Day, despite taking the game to the hosts throughout the match.

Palmer said: “Confidence is still high as the performances have been good.

“We have been pretty unlucky over the last four games and I think we have to take those performances into the second half of the season and hopefully score more goals and pick up more points. 

“Anyone who saw the Villa game will say we dominated but we didn’t take our chances and they literally only had two chances and took them. That’s how clinical the Championship is. We need to be clinical and start picking up the points.”

The midfielder has been an ever-present in Nigel Clough’s Championship side this season and is relishing the opportunity to play at this level.

He said: “It was brilliant walking out with nearly 42,000 there and the Burton fans turning up in large numbers. Testing yourself against players at this level week-in, week-out is a challenge but one I am enjoying.

“I try and play my own game. Every time the gaffer gives me an opportunity I try and take it and do well for the team. I try and keep filly focussed and take each game as it comes.

“I’m enjoying the role the gaffer has given me. The league we are in we need to try and keep the ball as much as we can and overall it’s working well we just haven’t had the luck at times. We need to keep on working, keep progressing and we will be alright.”

Palmer is now targeting three points away at struggling Rotherham tonight.

He said: “We played Rotherham a few weeks back and we thought we dominated the game and deserved the three points. We need to do the same tonight and hopefully pick up our first away win.

“We haven’t won our last four games and we need to turn that around. We need to go there full of confidence like we did against Villa and look to get that result.”

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