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Weir: We'll come back stronger

Robbie Weir hopes it is third time lucky when Burton try and win promotion into Sky Bet League One next season.

The Brewers saw their dreams dashed in the play-offs once again on Sunday as Antoni Sarcevic's fluke free-kick sent Fleetwood into the third tier of English football at Wembley.

Twelve months ago they were beaten by Bradford at the semi-final stage and after inching even closer this time around, Weir is confident that final hurdle can be overcome next term.

"I'm absolutely devastated," he said in the Wembley tunnel.

"We were near last year, this year we've got a little bit further and it's just the heartbreak of not going through again. This year we got a bit further than last year and next year we'll go even further.

"You can't put it into words that we've been so close yet so far again. The lads are professional footballers, this is what we want. We want to be playing in stadiums like this, we wanted promotions on our CVs but that's football; it's a very, very harsh game.

"The gaffer said last year we'll come back stronger. We came back stronger and got a step further. Again he's said we'll come back even stronger and I do believe that we will come back stronger next year."

Brentford and Leicester both showed how play-off hurt can provide motivation as they secured automatic promotion this season, and Weir insists the Burton dressing room will look to do the same.

"The positive is we've played in a stadium like this," he added.

"If it ends up coming back here next year, we've been here, so we know what it's all about. As a group of lads, that hurt brings us closer together. Next year we'll be a lot, lot stronger as well."