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Atkinson: We can turn this tie around

14 May 2014

Midfielder believes Blues can turn things around, as he has been in this position before - just last season with Bradford City

Will Atkinson has been in this position before, and he’s come through it, so the midfielder is hoping for more of the same on Saturday when Southend United welcome Burton Albion.

Last season with Bradford City, Atkinson trailed Burton by a single goal after the first leg, but prevailed after a 3-1 victory at the Pirelli Stadium.

With the second leg at Roots Hall, Atkinson believes Blues have still got a great chance of progressing, and believes Burton could well be caught in two minds about how to approach the game.

He said: “There’s only a goal in the game, and there’s still 90 minutes of football to be played, so we’re still confident that we can overturn the deficit and get to Wembley.

“Last season of course we were trailing by a goal, but the second leg was at Burton Albion. They sat quite deep and tried to hold on to what they’ve got and we turned things around.

“They might learn from that, and it could play on their minds having happened just a year ago. That could mean they come here trying to get the second goal and that would help us as the game would be more open.

“We’re the ones who need to score the goal, otherwise we’ll be out. We will get the chances throughout the game to score, it’s important we take them.

“It’d be incredible to get back to Wembley for a third time in two seasons. Players dream about playing there just once, so it’d be amazing to go back again.”

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