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5 January 2018

JOHN Brayford wants to keep the Brewers fine current form going with an FA Cup Third Round victory at Birmingham tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

Albion have won three games in a row on the road, including an impressive 3-0 success at Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day.

Now there’s no relaxing as the Championship takes a backseat to the FA Cup, with Brayford looking for another win.

He said: “We want to keep our momentum going; not just rest on our laurels but keep it going.

“Ten years ago, if Burton had drawn Birmingham in the FA Cup it would have been a glamour tie for everyone associated with the club. It shows how far the club has progressed that it’s a league fixture  now as well.

“But I have had a couple of good runs in the FA Cup myself and it’s a top competition and although it may be taken lightly by one or two teams it can also improve your league form as well which I remember it did with our cup run at Sheffield United.

“We want to push the momentum on, keep the results positive and the atmosphere around the dressing room as good as we can. The characters we have at the club and the way they apply themselves, I know they will want to go out and get that victory again.”

Brayford also says that both he and the team are ready to go again after an energy-sapping Christmas programme.

He said: “I feel alright after the busy Christmas period. It’s good we have come through with not too many problems. There are one or two knocks, but generally everyone has done really well. We have picked up points and stayed injury-free, on the whole.

“You always try and get out on the pitch and help your team-mates if you can. The main part of your business is Saturday afternoon at 3pm and if that means strappings or an injection then you take that in order to get out there. With a club our size we need everybody raring to go and all of us fighting fit to get the maximum out of everyone.”

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