The first hat-trick of Burton Albion striker Shaun Harrad's career capped a dramatic fightback to earn the Brewers a 3-3 draw after they had been three goals behind at the interval of their npower League 2 match at Rotherham United last month.

Now Harrad is set to face the Millers at home in Round 2 of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Wednesday evening, and the 25-year old forward would love nothing more than to add to his six-goal tally for the season to help his team into the Area Quarter-Finals of the competition.

"It was great to get my first hat-trick," he told, "but more importantly the goals got us a point from a fantastic fightback that showed exactly what we're all about.

"We'd given ourselves a mountain to climb, but we battled for every ball in the second half and played some good football as well. A draw was a great result in the end, and hopefully we can come up with a repeat of that second half performance to get the result we want against Rotherham in the Trophy.

"We want to make good progress in the competition and, as someone who's never played at Wembley, it would be great to go all the way to the Final.

"It's way too early to think seriously about that though, and Rotherham will certainly give us a very hard game - but we're playing well at the minute and there's no reason why we can't beat them on our own pitch."

Former Notts County striker Harrad has become a firm favourite of the Burton fans since moving from Meadow Lane in the 2005 close season.

He was just 10 days past his 17th birthday when he made his Notts debut, but he never established himself as a first team player and joined the Brewers as they were looking to swap their non-League status for a place in The Football League via a promotion that finally arrived at the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

On his return to League football Harrad took to it like the proverbial duck to water, hitting 22 goals - by far his highest total for a season - as the Brewers impressively introduced themselves to League 2, ending the season in 13th place.

"When I broke into the first team at Notts," recalled Harrad, "I was still a young boy and - looking back now - I was nowhere near ready. But I've come a long way since then and I'd like to think that I'm approaching my best and still have time on my side.

"I want to play at the highest level I can and I definitely think I can get up to League 1 with Burton. We've got our strongest squad since I've been here, confidence is high among the lads and we want to be up there at the end of the season."

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