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ALLEN ON TEAM PERFORMANCE AND CHASING SCOTT FRASER'S TALLY

10 March 2019

JAMIE Allen was delighted with the ideal team performance as Burton Albion defeated Coventry City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night.

Albion extended their unbeaten run away from home to seven consecutive league games, with Nigel Clough’s side last tasting defeat in League One on the road at table-topping Luton Town on December 22.

Allen netted our second goal of the game, not long after Tom Bayliss had equalised to cancel out Lucas Akins’ first-half opener, lobbing keeper Lee Burge after intercepting a clearance from the Sky Blues keeper.

The 24-year-old midfielder was delighted with his sixth goal of the season and while he felt The Brewers could have managed the game better in spells, he felt the win was duly deserved on the night.

“I felt when we were on the ball, we were on top for most of the game,” said Allen. 

“When we stepped off a bit as they went long, we were a bit under the cosh. As soon as we got it down and started playing again, we were in control.

“I think we could have been more organised and managed the game a bit better but the goal settled us down and we started playing our football a bit more. 

“They had a little spell at the end, going long all the time, and we’ve done well clearing our lines. It was a good team performance.

“We’ve had a few games like that. We had chances before our second goal but there were little nicks off the defenders, not quite coming off for us. 

“It has been coming. I think we haven’t lost away from home in a while and we’ve been getting points on the road. We’ve got all three on Friday night. We’ve been drawing a lot recently and it’s good to finally get a win.”

Allen’s sixth goal of the season brings him to within one of Scott Fraser’s tally of seven thus far - with the two midfielders having a pre-season bet to see who can score the most goals by season’s end.

And now Allen has Fraser in his sights, determined to overhaul the Scottish midfielder's total over the next few games.

“He won’t have that - he’ll say he’s got seven all day,” said Allen, referencing whether Fraser scored once or twice against Nottingham Forest. 

“(But) I’m one behind him now and there’s a few games left to draw level. My goal tally isn’t too bad and I feel I could have got a few more, but more like (Coventry) would be perfect. Even a tap-in would be good! 

“Hopefully I can keep playing well and the chances will come, then I can put them in the back of the net.”


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