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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

Monday 26 January

21:13
20:57
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19:45
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Saturday 24 January

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13:13
12:05
11:22
10:28
05:15
04:48
04:46
04:06
00:04

League Two table

# Team MP D P
1 27 +19 52
2 27 +21 51
3 27 +11 51
4 26 +12 47
5 27 +6 47
6 27 +4 46
7 26 +6 41
8 27 +4 41
9 28 -1 41
10 27 +11 40
11 27 +2 37
12 26 +0 36
13 25 +10 35
14 27 +2 34
15 25 -7 33
16 27 -6 30
17 27 -13 30
18 26 -5 29
19 27 -5 28
20 26 -12 28
21 26 -4 27
22 27 -16 27
23 26 -11 26
24 27 -28 18

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