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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
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League Two table

# Team MP D P
1 4 +8 12
2 4 +6 10
3 4 +6 9
4 4 +3 9
5 4 +2 9
6 4 +4 8
7 4 +1 7
8 4 -1 7
9 4 +2 6
10 4 +0 6
11 4 +2 5
12 4 +1 5
13 4 +0 5
14 4 -2 4
15 4 -2 4
16 4 -2 4
17 4 -3 4
18 4 -3 4
19 4 -2 3
20 4 -3 3
21 4 -4 3
22 4 -2 2
23 4 -5 1
24 4 -6 1

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