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Who the Blues face in 2013/14 - part 2

30 May 2013

With the 2013/14 League 2 fixtures due to be released on Wednesday 19th June, takes a look at who the Wanderers will be up against next season.

Burton Albion
Manager: Gary Rowett
Ground: Pirelli Stadium (6,912)
Postcode:  DE13 0AR
Distance from Adams Park: 119 miles Last season: 4th 

Burton surprised many in League 2 last season and looked odds-on for a Wembley appearance after winning 3-2 at Bradford in the play-off semi-final first leg. 

However, the Bantams recovered and secured a fine 3-1 victory at the Pirelli Stadium to reach the final and ultimately win promotion. 

Burton’s impressive campaign was based on the league’s best home record and the Brewers secured 54 of their 76 points on home turf.

How the Wanderers fared: Blues stunned the high-fliers back in November when a brace from McClure and a Grant earned penalty earned Wanderers a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Burton’s revenge, however, came in April when a Jacques Maghoma double secured a 2-0 win for the Brewers.

Manager: Kevin Blackwell 
Ground:  Gigg Lane (11,840)  
Postcode: BL9 9HR  
Distance from Adams Park: 193 miles   Last season: 22nd (League 1) 

A disappointing campaign saw the Shakers finish third-from-bottom in League 1. They had the joint-second worst defence in the division and scoring goals was also a problem with the recently-departed Steven Schumacher finishing top league scorer with eight.

How the Wanderers fared: The two sides didn’t play each other last season, but the Chairboys will have fond memories of their last visit to Gigg Lane as Stuart Beavon’s hat-trick and a goal from Paul Hayes earned the Blues a 4-1 victory.

Cheltenham Town
Manager: Mark Yates
Ground:  Whaddon Road (7,066)
Postcode: GL52 5NA
Distance from Adams Park: 67 miles Last season: 5th

Another side to be knocked out in the play-off semi-finals, Cheltenham were beaten 2-0 on aggregate by Northampton Town.

The Robins finished just three points off automatic promotion and also enjoyed a run to the FA Cup third round where they eventually beaten to Premier League side Everton.

Cheltenham made Whaddon Road a fortress last season, losing only two of their 23 games in front of the Robins faithful.

How the Wanderers fared: Cheltenham left Adams Park with a point after recovering from an early Keith Lowe own goal to force a 1-1 draw in September. There was to be no festive cheer for the Chairboys on Boxing Day as the Robins cruised to a 4-0 victory.

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