JOHN Brayford believes that the Brewers need to do more if they are to push themselves up the table over the festive period, starting with tomorrow’s game against Shrewsbury Town.
The defender has often been deployed in the centre of the backline recently, with Ben Turner having been out injured since being forced off against Plymouth Argyle in October.
Brayford, who has spent much of his career in the Championship, believes that Albion are playing better football than their league position of 16th suggests. However, the former Derby County and Cardiff City man admits more needs to be done to prevent the side dropping points in games when they are on top.
He said: “I think we’re playing more of a ‘Championship’ style compared to some League One teams. You saw with Blackpool that they’re strong, physical, powerful lads and we aren’t that sort of side. With the players we’ve got, we’re more of a passing style of team. We try to adapt to situations but that’s what suits us - so it’s about trying to progress with that and picking up points the way we want to play.
“We know in every single game there’s three points to play for, and we’ve got to do our utmost and look at ourselves. Are we doing everything we can to get those three points? Whether it’s defending the goal better or scoring a great chance, or defending from a corner better, we’ve got to do everything in our power to get the three points. There are loads of these games in and around this time to try to get in around that pack - this is the crunch time where we know we can be in and around it.
“We have ambitions as a football club. We came down from the Championship and in a dream world we want to be back at that level, playing at those grounds against those top players. That’s the ambition. We’ve got to put the work in to get back to where we want to be, we’re trying our best to do that, but some games have gone against us and some have worked in our favour. It’s a slight mistake here or there which has cost us a goal, and it seems every mistake leads to a goal at this moment in time. We think we’re in a pretty good place and can push on - it’s just about doing it.”