Have Burton Albion hit a turning point in their season?
Burton Albion stunned everyone with their impressive 4-2 victory over promotion contenders Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.
The Brewers have had a difficult start to their season, sat bottom of Sky Bet League One and had only picked up one victory prior to Tuesday night’s win.
But could those three points prove to be a turning point in Albion’s season going into a busy run of fixtures over the Christmas period?
Burton fans will be under no illusion that they are still in a difficult position only picking up ten points from their first 14 games, but Tuesday’s performance should serve as inspiration.
It was the first time in the league this season that the Brewers have managed to find the net more than twice and despite still showing some defensive frailties they dominated with goals from Lucas Akins, Joe Powell, Sam Hughes and Charles Vernam.
When speaking to the Burton Albion press after the game, Buxton said; ““We are delighted with the result, but more importantly the performance.
“You fear the worst when you are in the position we are in and the goals we have conceded at times”.
The Burton job is Jake Buxtons first foray into management, as player manager of the team he served two spells for as a player, he said: “From 12 years ago when I first came as a player to now it hasn’t changed we always have to be at it to a man. We can’t afford to carry five or six players each week”.
But he may have felt his job was under threat as his side sat bottom of League One and crashed out of the FA Cup to National League side Barnet.
Other managers have not been gifted the same time as Buxton with Shrewsbury Town manager Sam Ricketts losing his job with the Shrews in a similar position to Burton.
As the old saying always goes ‘when you’re down, everything seems to go against you’ and never has anything been more, true than when reflecting on the opening third of the Brewer’s season.
The club has been hit with injuries to key players including midfield hard-man Michael Bostwick and captain John Brayford.
They have also dropped some disappointing points such as conceding a 96th minute equaliser to fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town.
Potentially the hardest challenge they have had to overcome so far was losing 12 players and five members of staff to coronavirus.
Jake Buxton revealed that he did ask for their fixture against Hull City to be postponed due to missing a large chunk of the squad but the EFL said they must fulfil the fixture, which they did, losing 2-0.
The brewers have a rest this weekend before a busy run of fixtures which will see them play 13 matches before the end of January and will be hoping their latest result will catapult them into the busy period.
Albion stalwart Lucas Akins spoke with optimism to the press, he said; “It has been a difficult time in terms of results, but the performances have been there, and we have continued to work for each other”.
Looking forward to the rest of the season, he said: “We take the good times when they come, but we won’t get carried away.
“We make no bones about it when we deserve to get nothing out of the game, we will be honest about it.
“We are a few wins away from where we’d like to be, but the fans and ourselves are all pushing in the same direction”.
The Albion were hoping that a return of fans would also give them a boost but after the latest Government announcement that Staffordshire would be placed in to tier three, the fans will have to wait a little while longer to back the Brewers from the Pirelli.
Burton are next in action on Tuesday, 1st of December away at high flying Sunderland, hoping to kick on and advance out of the relegation zone.