Related

Article

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.

Sponsored links

Info

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

Tuesday 3 May

Monday 2 May

23:47
23:40
23:40
23:34
23:28
23:18
23:07
22:55
22:42
22:30
21:21
20:45
20:31
19:57
19:46
19:38
19:04
18:12
17:59
17:58
17:43
17:21
16:55
16:22
16:09
15:23
15:16
15:13
14:57
14:14
13:39
13:08
12:05
11:38
10:44
10:05
09:59
09:31
09:14
09:00
09:00
07:53
07:34
07:19
07:07
06:08
05:04
04:36
03:14
02:57
01:46
01:45
01:43

Sunday 1 May

23:50
23:21
22:43
22:43
21:20
21:00
20:27
20:20
20:17
19:28
19:24
19:23
19:11
18:50
18:45
18:06
17:56
17:42
17:37
17:36
17:36
17:20
17:01
16:59
16:25
16:03
16:00
15:49
15:42
15:30
15:24
14:53
14:49
14:25
13:49
13:26
13:14
13:12
12:57
12:38
12:04
11:04
10:22
08:14
07:16
06:30
06:10
06:10
05:52
04:18
04:17
03:41
03:24
01:19
01:11
00:36
00:34
00:29
00:18
00:09

League Two table

# Team MP D P
1 45 +35 96
2 45 +26 84
3 45 +40 83
4 45 +30 82
5 45 +32 78
6 45 +21 78
7 45 +13 72
8 45 +11 67
9 45 -2 66
10 45 +4 64
11 45 +1 64
12 45 +0 64
13 45 +8 63
14 45 -1 63
15 45 -4 59
16 45 -18 51
17 45 -24 51
18 45 -15 48
19 45 -15 47
20 45 -30 47
21 45 -22 45
22 45 -20 43
23 45 -34 34
24 45 -36 33

Facebook