Striker Lucas Akins says that his Burton side need spirit, rather than quality in order to seal automatic promotion for a second successive year.

Burton’s drew 1-1 with League leaders Wigan on Tuesday, a result which left them second.

With just three matches to go in the League One season, Burton Albion are three points clear of third placed Walsall, who have a game in hand.

“Sometimes it’s not quality or technical ability that you need, but the heart and desire to get over the line. It’s up to us now to go on and finish the job” Akins said.

“We have a fantastic opportunity. We need to show character and mental strength.”

Burton, who won promotion to League One for the first time last season as League Two champions, have taken just four points from their last six games, which has seen them lose first spot in the table to Wigan Athletic.

Akins said the challenge of facing relegation-threatened Colchester, who must pick up three points on Saturday to avoid the drop, will help bring the best out of Burton.

“It’s better for us to play teams like that, rather than teams with nothing to play and who play with no fear whatsoever,” Akins told BBC Radio Derby.

“There are the games where you need to be patient, we need to stick together.

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