Albion manager ready for Devon trip
Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett says Saturday’s conditions made it difficult during their Sky Bet League 2 clash with Fleetwood Town, but isn’t using it as an excuse as the Brewers head to Torquay United tomorrow night.
“I wouldn’t say it affected us necessarily, as Fleetwood were doing the same, but I don’t think it helped the game and the condition of the pitch. The fact you’re waiting for that long doesn’t help your preparation with having to do your warm up twice.
“I think it just made the conditions even harder. The pitch was incredibly wet and heavy, but it’s the same for both sides so I have no complaints there,” Rowett told Brewers Player.
With the ten game unbeaten run at an end, Rowett is keen for the squad’s strong character to show through, starting with the long trip to Plainmoor to take on relegation-threatened Torquay United.
“It was going to happen at some point. No team keeps winning and I think it’s important that we see the character we’ve got and I’m sure they won’t be down for too long.
“We have to go to Torquay now and see if we can get a result, and get back to winning games away.
“We’ve been hard to beat away from home and we have to go and try to win one,” Rowett said.
Such long trips for midweek fixtures can cause managers a logistical headache, but Rowett says the team are trying a slightly different method of post-match recovery.
“We’ve changed our preparation slightly. We’re going to stay over after the game rather than go down a lot earlier.
“There’s no easy way of doing it, we have a four hour trip on a Tuesday but we’re going to stay down on Tuesday night and see if we can get recovered that way instead.
“Just because you’ve been on a ten game unbeaten run and sit in third, it doesn’t give you the right to win any game so we have to work hard and kick on again.”