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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

Tuesday 24 May

Monday 23 May

23:24
23:00
22:38
22:28
22:08
22:02
21:43
21:33
21:02
20:49
20:14
20:03
19:43
19:29
19:07
18:54
18:39
18:22
18:18
17:44
17:32
17:27
17:23
17:18
16:59
16:44
16:42
16:04
15:59
15:37
15:25
15:00
14:37
14:31
14:19
14:18
13:55
11:41
11:20
11:06
10:37
09:20
08:55
08:17
07:01
06:58
04:51
03:30
03:00
02:57
02:57
02:44
01:51
01:26
01:14
00:49
00:18

Sunday 22 May

23:48
22:56
22:33
22:22
22:13
21:55
21:50
21:44
20:33
20:25
20:17
19:55
19:16
19:07
18:59
18:44
18:30
18:23
17:44
17:30
17:11
17:05
17:03
16:32
16:23
16:15
15:59
15:07
14:27
14:24
14:16
14:03
13:55
13:44
12:56
12:50
12:25
11:05
10:44
09:34
07:11
07:09
06:36
06:34
05:15
04:45
04:19
04:17
03:40
03:11
02:47
02:46
02:18
01:49
01:09
01:04
01:03
00:50
00:28
00:23
00:12
00:12
00:01

League Two table

# Team MP D P
1 46 +36 99
2 46 +43 86
3 46 +31 85
4 46 +26 85
5 46 +26 81
6 46 +31 78
7 46 +14 75
8 46 -1 69
9 46 +11 68
10 46 +5 67
11 46 +2 66
12 46 +8 64
13 46 +1 64
14 46 -2 64
15 46 -1 62
16 46 -23 51
17 46 -29 51
18 46 -15 48
19 46 -16 48
20 46 -33 47
21 46 -22 46
22 46 -21 43
23 46 -35 34
24 46 -36 34

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