Jon McLaughlin believes Burton Albion defence can seal promotion joy

Burton Albion goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin
Burton Albion goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin

Burton shot-stopper Jon McLaughlin believes his side’s rock-solid defence can fire Albion to promotion this season.

The Brewers, who last conceded a goal away to Exeter on 6th December 2014, will be looking to keep their good run going with three points against Adam Murray’s Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Burton were beaten in last season’s play-offs but have made an excellent start to the new season and currently sit in second spot in the League Two table.

And McLaughlin believes that the Brewers backline has played a key part in their push for promotion.

“Defensively, we have been looking to work as hard as we can and transfer all of the work on the training pitch into matches to make sure we keep the ball out of our goal and that gives the lads the chance,” he said.

“All it takes is one goal if you keep a clean sheet to win a game. You might only get one or two opportunities, but if the lads take those opportunities and we do our job at the back then we get the three points.

“We have been working on keeping our full attention so we can win the games. We’ve got a good little run going especially at the back with the defence we’re very confident.”

Mclaughlin is no stranger to promotion after he won the League Two play-offs with Bradford City in the 2013/14 season.

But he is keen to avoid the play-off lottery and secure an automatic berth for Burton.

“If we can, we would like to do it automatically and stay away from that lottery of the play-offs,” he added.

“The play-offs are a difficult route to go through and with Bradford, we were lucky enough to succeed through that.

“We want to try and continue our progress and move to the top of the league and stay there.

“That way we will be able to get that automatic promotion and finally take this club up.

“I took a chance in moving, a place that I have never been or experienced before but so far I have been welcomed in and I’m really enjoying my time here. “It’s been a great first half to the season, the team have done really well and we’re right up there at the top of the league.

“Again this year it is a very close league but we’re really confident that we will get stronger as the season goes on. We are in a really good position and overall we are happy with how 2014 has gone.”

McLaughlin knows his side will have to counter the goal threat of former team-mate Billy Kee and a determined Mansfield side if they are to keep their fine run going.

“It was a real tough fixture when we played them away, it was a battle and we really had to dig in for the win so we’re really looking forward to it,” h3 said.

“Mansfield were a tough side and they have a lot of bruisers in their team. They really wanted to mix it up with us but of course since then they have changed managers and brought in a few new players so we don’t know if their ethos or the way they are playing has changed.”

Burton defeated Mansfield 2-1 earlier this season in a match which saw David Weir red carded and McLaughlin pick up his first and only yellow card for Burton.