BEN Fox is after a good result for the fans this weekend as Burton Albion prepare to host Sunderland at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.
The Black Cats were relegated from the Championship last term with Albion and have started the 2018/19 season well under new manager Jack Ross, one of five unbeaten teams in League One after seven games and sitting fourth in the table.
Having seen first-hand in his time with the Academy how the crowd can lift The Brewers and make the Pirelli a fortress, the 20-year-old is looking forward to playing in such an atmosphere this weekend.
“I felt it especially against Doncaster and Wimbledon, and even against Rochdale when we were on top,” said Fox.
“The fans were brilliant. They were loud and encouraging.
“Having watched a lot of games at the Pirelli, it was really good to be on the pitch and experiencing the crowd.
“Having the fans behind you makes a massive difference and everyone appreciates the support.
Hopefully we can go into Saturday and get a good result for them.”
Fox says the squad are relishing the prospect of playing Sunderland at the Pirelli this weekend.
“(We’re) relishing it massively,” said Fox. “They’re a good side and they’ll be right up there come the end of the season.
“These are the kind of games you want to play in - the big games against the big teams.
“Hopefully I can put in a good performance, the team can put in a good performance and we can get a good result.
“Sunderland and Barnsley are two good sides but we know we’re a good side and it’s important we go out there and show what we’re capable of.”
The Brewers are unbeaten in three of their last four games in all competitions, victories over Aston Villa (1-0) and AFC Wimbledon (3-0) followed by a Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Walsall and a 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley last weekend.
Fox’s teammate Scott Fraser said following that Accrington game that the team is starting to settle and gel together - and Fox agrees with his fellow midfielder.
“We had a lot of new lads coming in - I think these past three or four games everyone has settled in and the team is starting to progress,” said Fox.
“Even in those first few games, we were unfortunate not to get anything, especially against Rochdale.
“It’s good that we’ve turned a corner and got our first away point (at Accrington) as it’s something to build on.”
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