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League Two Play-Offs Preview: Fleetwood, Burton eye Wembley

14 May 2014 13:40

Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion have a foot in League Two's play-off final ahead of their second legs with York City and Southend United.

Fleetwood welcome York to Highbury Stadium on Friday with a 1-0 aggregate following Monday's rearranged first leg, secured by former York winger Matty Blair's 50th-minute goal.

Blair who declined re-signing with York last close-season, scored twice at Wembley for his previous employers in the 2011-12 season as they secured FA Trophy and Conference play-off glory, and will hope his fine personal run at the national stadium can continue.

In a tie already laced with intrigue, Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander is wary of further twists to come.

He said after Monday's match: "We were really pleased with the performance and obviously the result.

"The play-offs have a history of throwing things up and we have to guard against that. We have to do it all again on Friday."

The Lancashire side were the highest-ranked team in the play-offs having finished fourth - five points ahead of their opponents - and were the division's second-highest goalscorers on home soil in the regular season.

Burton also hold the advantage going into their trip to Southend, having also won the first leg at the Pirelli Stadium 1-0.

Despite going down to 10 men, Adam McGurk's blistering strike gave Burton the advantage before half-time.

Manager Gary Rowett explained his side's shaky start to the match to BBC Radio Derby, claiming the prospect of a play-off final may have affected his charges.

"The goal was a fantastically worked goal, probably the first real bit of composure we showed," he said.

"Early on, I think the occasion made us a bit nervous and a bit edgy."

Southend will host this weekend's return leg, determined to repeat their play-off winning form of 2004-05, though defeat at the same post-season stage two seasons ago could cast a shadow over supporters' hopes.

Manager Phil Brown has also tasted play-off success, having taken Hull City to the Premier League in 2008, and the 54-year-old will hope to draw on all his experience to reach Wembley again.

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Competition
League Two
Date
16 May 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 0
On aggregate
1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
13
16
4
7
25
33
# Player Bookings
11
14
20
5
18
24
28

Sunday 26 February

Saturday 25 February

23:45
23:27
22:36
21:42
21:27
21:11
20:41
20:39
20:24
20:18
19:58
19:43
19:34
19:27
19:26
19:23
19:03
18:49
18:29
18:29
18:12
18:02
18:01
17:59
17:53
17:52
17:40
17:30
17:18
17:16
16:42
16:23
16:14
14:49
14:49
14:35
14:31
14:16
14:06
13:35
13:12
13:12
12:47
12:13
12:07
11:54
11:04
10:25
09:00
07:27
06:49
06:02
05:07
04:56
03:50
02:34
02:14
01:33
00:30
00:22
00:15

Friday 24 February

23:53
23:34
23:30
23:15
22:23
21:56
21:14
21:11
21:07
20:42
20:05
18:31
18:17
18:08
17:32
17:08
16:54
16:49
16:40
16:31
16:20
16:03
16:02
15:28
15:08
15:02
14:58
14:49
14:33
13:50
13:46
13:45
13:26
13:25
13:20
13:19
13:12
13:05
12:39
12:29
12:25
11:49
11:18
10:47
10:05
10:00
09:35
08:59
07:42
05:34
03:44
02:23
02:09
01:02
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00:05

League Two table

# Team MP D P
1 33 +23 65
2 32 +17 62
3 33 +8 58
4 32 +19 55
5 33 +18 54
6 33 +16 51
7 33 +8 50
8 33 +5 50
9 33 +2 49
10 32 +4 46
11 33 -2 46
12 33 -3 45
13 32 -6 45
14 33 -1 44
15 32 +12 43
16 32 -10 42
17 33 -7 39
18 33 -12 36
19 33 -9 35
20 31 -10 34
21 33 -21 34
22 33 -19 32
23 33 -16 29
24 33 -16 26

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