Branston backs Burton character

Defender hoping to reclaim place in team for Aldershot game

Branston: Praised team spirit

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Defender Guy Branston believes Burton have found the character to ensure they do not squander their promising start in the Football League.

High-flying Rotherham threatened to run riot against the newly- promoted Brewers last Saturday as they led 2-0 and looked set to go further ahead.

But Paul Peschisolido's men pulled one back and the hosts were reduced to 10 men before Greg Pearson levelled late on to claim a 2-2 draw.

That halted a run of three straight defeats for Burton, who were sliding down the table after an impressive opening to their first league campaign.

Tremendous team spirit

"We went 2-0 down and Rotherham had ample opportunities," Branston told skysports.com. "We were under the cosh for a long period and we could have crumbled.

"But our keeper kept us in it and we showed tremendous team spirit to get a 2-2, and that's what I think we need this season.

"There's going to be games when we're under the cosh because there is a difference between the Conference and the Football League, and times like that we've got to dig deep and ask for an extra 10 per cent from each other and we showed that last Saturday.

"The lads stuck together and everyone sees the next man's fighting for the cause. That's important, as a group of players, to know your team-mate's got your back whatever happens."

Branston watched from the sidelines as he had to serve a one-match suspension but such was the collective performance that the captain cannot be sure of coming straight back in for Saturday's home game against Aldershot.

"Even the lads who are on the fringes of the team and haven't been playing regularly came in and worked their socks off to try to keep their place," Branston added.

"That's what the gaffer's trying to add to the squad - that players make sure they take their chance when it comes around - and that's what I've got to do now to get back in.

"Deep down we know we were lucky to come away with a 2-2 last Saturday so there's things we've been working on.

"Aldershot are a good side, we expect them to try to play some good football, and we've been working on how to match that too."