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Rowett: It's All About Us

18 April 2014

Gary Rowett says he is confident that his side can get back to winning ways ahead of Saturday’s clash with Hartlepool United.

The Brewers suffered a 1-0 defeat at Northampton Town last time out but still sit 5th in League Two – a position that still gives them a chance of automatic promotion with four games remaining. 

And with that in mind, Rowett insists the onus is on his players to put in a performance and to respond in front of their home fans.

He said: “We need to bounce back and get back to playing how we know we can do after last weekend.

“The first 45 minutes against Plymouth was arguably the best and most creative we’ve been in a half this season and we need to do that for the full 90 minutes on Saturday.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to, I think we always try and relish the games and the occasion at this moment in the season – ultimately that is what you’re playing for.

“We’re not going to win all of the games or always have success but we’ve just got to do the right things and we hope Saturday can be the start of another little run.”

They come up against a Hartlepool United side who are struggling for form in League Two, having registered one victory in their last eight games.

But The Monkey Hangers were looking towards the Play-Offs themselves at one stage this season and Rowett knows that his side will face a stern test when they meet Colin Cooper’s men.

He added: “There is never a great time to play someone unless it’s at the end of the season when they have nothing to play for and even then they can relax a bit more and just play.

“Hartlepool will come here and be determined to put an end to their slump in form.

“Colin (Cooper) has done really well this season, they got off to a really bad start and he’s got them out of that.

“And for them to even have been thinking of Play-Off places was a magnificent achievement.

“But I think for us we’ve just got to perform to the level we know we can and not worry too much about what they might do – it’s about us at home.”

The Brewers will be without goalkeeper Rob Lainton who was forced off with injury at Sixfields and Dean Lyness is expected to deputise in goal for the rest of the season.

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