Ahead of the Game - Burton Window

AFTER goals from Reuben Reid and Argyle debutant Zak Ansah helped lift us back into the play-off places away at Cheltenham Town...

...attention now turns to our 40th Sky Bet League 2 game of the season, when we take on high-flying Burton Albion.  

Argyle will be looking to secure their first win over Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Burton since January 2012 when they lock horns at Home Park on Good Friday. 

The last time the Pilgrims and the Brewers crossed the white line, it ended in a 1-1 draw, with former Pilgrim, and now Oxford United player, Alex MacDonald opening the scoring after 32 minutes before our talisman Reuben slotted home a penalty to secure a vital point at the Pirelli Stadium. 

Argyle will be buoyed by winning their first away match since our historic 3-1 derby day triumph over Exeter City and can take further confidence from the fact that Burton have to play our fellow promotion contenders Stevenage at the Pirelli Stadium, on Monday.

Despite John Sheridan’s men coming into this one as the fresher team, Burton boasts an impressive record against the Pilgrims, with the Staffordshire side winning four out of the last five matches against us – and consecutive victories at the Theatre of Greens. 

However, Argyle have made Home Park a fortress this season, suffering only four defeats on home turf and, with it being such a crucial time in the campaign, John Sheridan’s men will be looking to maintain this record as each point becomes more precious. 

A win for the Pilgrims could see them rise to as high as fifth while the three points for the Brewers – providing they secure the win over Stevenage – would see them maintain top spot.