Sears Hoping Town Can Build Momentum After Win at Sunderland
Wednesday, 7th Feb 2018 17:22
Blues frontman Freddie Sears hopes Town can build up some momentum following Saturday’s 2-0 win at second-bottom Sunderland with table-propping Burton Albion visiting Portman Road this weekend.
The Blues remain 12th in the Championship following their first ever victory at the Stadium of Light, eight points off the play-offs.
“It was a great win against Sunderland and hopefully we can get some momentum going now,” Sears told the club site.
“We’ve got to go again on Saturday against a Burton side fighting to get away from the bottom of the table.
“It will be another difficult game. Look at Bolton last week, they 'battered' Bristol City who are chasing promotion.
“If we can get three points this weekend then it will set us up for the game at Norwich and keep us in the hunt for the play-offs.”
Sears, who returned to the Town line-up against the Black Cats, will be hoping history repeats itself against the Brewers.
Last season the 28-year-old ended a 38-game goal drought when he netted in the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Nigel Clough’s side at Portman Road and he will be looking to bring his current goalless run, which reached the 30-match mark at Sunderland, to a close on Saturday.
Meanwhile, former Town striker Darren Bent remains a doubt for Saturday’s match, the 34-year-old having joined Burton on loan from Derby during the transfer window.
Bent missed the 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa at the weekend due to a knock sustained on his Brewers debut, the 3-1 home loss to Reading at the end of January.
Burton are set to be without defender Tom Flanagan, who is out for up to a month with a calf injury sustained against Villa.
On-loan Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy (gashed leg) and defender Ben Turner (ankle) are both doubts ahead of Saturday.
However, midfielder Martin Samuelsen, who is on loan from West Ham, is over a bout of flu and defender Damien McCrory is closing in on a return to fitness after a knee problem.
Elsewhere, former Blues midfielder Jonathan Douglas is on trial with Portsmouth and made his first appearance in a Pompey shirt for their U23s in last night’s Premier League Cup clash with Leicester City at Bognor Regis Town's Nyewood Lane, which ended 1-1.
The 36-year-old played the full 90 minutes and impressed the League One club’s academy boss Mark Kelly.
“It’s a bit hard when you walk through the door and he’s playing with a few youngsters but I thought he did really well,” he told the Portsmouth News.
“He probably hasn’t played a lot of football in the last month or so, it’s about where he is – and he did well.
“He has been in and around the training ground doing a little bit. He has been training with us during the week and was obviously available for the game. The rest is down to [manager Kenny Jackett].”
Douglas was released by the Blues last summer and spent time on trial at Luton Town in October.
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