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JACKSON IRVINE EXPECTING A TOUGH FULHAM TEST

31 January 2017

JACKSON Irvine returned to action on Saturday as Burton Albion beat QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road, their second away win of the season.

It was Irvine’s first start in three games after suffering a groin injury which forced him off the pitch against Preston at the start of January.

The midfielder has been key to Albion’s play this season and currently sits at the top of the goal scorers list for the Brewers. He is in line to make another start against Fulham on Wednesday and the Aussie says he is aware of the threat that The Cottagers pose.

He said: “It will be a very tough game. They have been on a great run of form recently and we are very aware of the way they have been playing at the moment.

“It will be quite a different game at our place I imagine to when we played them at Craven Cottage so I’m looking forward to it.”

In the reverse fixture Jackson Irvine gave the Brewers the lead after the half time break before Fulham hit back with a 93rd minute equaliser to ensure the points were shared on the night.

“We were probably a little bit unfortunate to lose the goal in the manner that we did but the way the game panned out it was probably a fair result,” said Irvine. “They were pretty dominant, we had a lot of injuries and suspensions at the time. If we had managed to picked up that win it would have been ideal but of course losing that goal so late, those ones hurt.”

“We have gone on and got those away wins now but our home form has dropped off a little bit in recent times so we will be looking to get back to winning ways here at home.”

The Brewers are yet to record back-to-back victories in the Sky Bet Championship this season, but Irvine is hoping the squad can take confidence from Saturday’s victory against QPR into Wednesday’s game against Fulham.

He said: “Our mind set at home is a little bit different to the way we approach games away from home so we would probably expect a little bit more of a threat going forward, although we created a number of chances on Saturday.

“Hopefully we can string a couple of results together, I don’t think we have won two games in a row yet so we will be looking to do that on Wednesday.”

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