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Gaffer: Forward Thinking

29 November 2013

Rowett happy with forward options

Burton boss Gary Rowett is delighted to have plenty of forward options ahead of tomorrow's trip to Plymouth Argyle (3pm).

Rowett has started with Adam McGurk and Dominic Knowles in the last two home games against Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town and Billy Kee have looked impressive when coming off the bench.

Kee grabbed the winner on Tuesday night against Mansfield and Howe scored two in a training ground match against Wolves on Wednesday.

He said: "I don't want to get carried away and view that as an option for us all the time but at the same time it is a lovely option to have, we had the two working their socks off against Mansfield in the first-half with lots of energy and movements.

"It if that wasn't enough on Tuesday which it wasn't to unlock the door then you've got two players ready to come on who most opposition would be a little bit fearful of seeing come on with Billy Kee and Renee Howe with 20 minutes to go.

"Players don't realise that they can be as valuable off the bench, we've had a very strong bench in recent games as we can be on the starting line-up.

"I am really pleased with how that has gone so far, I am not suggesting that it is going to be an option all the time for because Renee and Billy will be chomping at the bit to start games.

"I signed them both to play together and probably with Adam McGurk on the right but again certain things happen in the season and you see different things and you want different things."

He added: "If we want two strikers to work hard and close the opposition down and work hard defensively and create a bit of movement, the two of them do it really well.

The squad will travel down to Devon today and manager Rowett believes travelling down the day before will allow his squad to prepare better ahead of the five hour journey.

"We have got enough time to think about it because it is going to take us five hours to get down there.

"We'll go today (Friday), we've often gone on the day to some of these games but we're trying to prepare for these games as well as we can and we are looking forward to the game."

The Albion manager has warned his players not to get too complacent after recording back-to-back wins and two clean sheets.

He explained: "It looks good now but you're only a couple of defeats away from being in trouble again, it's a tight league and we just keep trying to win games of football."

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