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20 April 2018

Defender Kyle McFadzean knows The Brewers have to go for the win at Sunderland tomorrow.

The Brewers travel to the Stadium of Light (3pm) looking to close the gap to the teams above in the Championship table.

McFadzean admits he wishes Albion had a midweek game to take forward the positive momentum from last weekend's 3-1 victory over Derby County, but will take advantage of a full week’s rest and recuperation for what will be a crunch clash at the Stadium of Light.

"I think we’re better with a bit of pressure on us and we know we need to get a result," said McFadzean.

"We can’t go there and go for a draw - we need to win. We don’t have to win it in the first 10 minutes but we’ll go there with a gameplan and hopefully it works.

"Me and Turns (Ben Turner) were saying we wish we had a game on Tuesday so we could crack on.

"But we get a full week of rest and preparation for Saturday.

"It always gives you a bit more confidence after a win. We wish we did have a game on Tuesday but as it is we’ve only got three games left and they’re every week now.

"We can’t do anything about that but we’ll still be full of confidence and raring to go. We’re looking forward to it."

McFadzean has been impressed with striker Liam Boyce following his return from injury two months ago, as well as two of the younger Brewers starters from the Derby win.

Boyce missed the start of the season after suffering an ACL injury in a pre-season friendly at Shrewsbury Town.

But the Northern Irish international battled back to make his debut - and score - in our 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa in early February, before notching his second for the club in last weekend's win.

"Liam Boyce has been top class for us since he’s been back," said centre-half McFadzean.

"You can see how hard he works every match and he’s been a revelation. His little goals and his teamwork and holding the ball up, bringing people into play, helps us all.

"I think once the strikers put pressure on their defenders it’s better for us.

"I think Boycey is just getting up to speed - you can see how tired he is after 70 minutes because he puts a really good shift in for the lads."

Both on-loan Manchester City midfielder Jacob Davenport and young Academy graduate Joe Sbarra started in the Derby win last weekend, with Sbarra’s back-post cross finding Luke Murphy, who then squared to Boyce for our first-half opener.

Davenport and Sbarra have 16 and 19 first-team appearances to their name respectively this season, and both impressed McFadzean in that victory over The Rams.

"Joe Sbarra I think did really well up against a really experienced right-back (in Andre Wisdom),” added McFadzean.  

"He grew into the game and did really well.

"Jacob has done really well since he’s come in and he’ll get better with experience.

"Because we see them day in day out we have trust in them anyway. They’re both quality players.

"They’ve got to learn a lot more but that’ll come with game time and experience but I’m sure they’ll get that - they’ve had it last couple of games."

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