Boss pleased with Blades win
Brewers boss Gary Rowett was delighted with his side’s 4-0 win at home to Sheffield United. Rowett was able to watch his side take a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time giving Rowett the freedom to tinker with the side in
the second half.
“It was a good performance,” he said.
“We’ll take little bits out of it as it’s a pre-season game just like we didn’t get carried away losing 1-0 at Ilkeston.
“We’re not going to get too carried away. It was Sheffield United’s first game and they were similar to us on Tuesday, where one or two things don’t work because you’re not up to speed.
“But there was lots of pleasing things and with the things we’ve been working on the past two and a half weeks it’s good to see the newer ones grasp them quite quickly.”
Rowett bought on trialists Louis Cutajar, Thomas Verheydt, Christian Ribiero and Jordan Cranston after the break and he was pleased to see the players keen to impress.
“They worked very hard to keep the clean sheet.
“Jordan Cranston turned up at 1.30pm and didn’t know the lads, but he got on with the game and you’re going to see little things he doesn’t well and things he does do well.
“Some of the others have been with us a week and now we’ve got to look and say do we make a decision, or do they need another week?
“So there’s some food for thought and it was a good exercise,” he added.
With the Brewers facing two away games at Hednesford and Mickleover next week Rowett admits his team selections will depend on various components.
“We’ll split the squad to a certain extent and we’ll look to see if people can get 90 minutes, as some did today and it’s more important that others do over these games.
“Billy (Kee) should be able to feature in those games and so will John Mousinho, so that’ll be important.
“And today if anyone is feeling tight, we perhaps won’t risk them.
“It’s all about getting bodies through preseason as it’s a tough time for the players and it’s about having as much as your squad fit for the opening game. It’s as simple as that.”
The pre-season has been good to the gaffer and he certainly is optimistic about this season.
“It’s a dangerous thing to think we’re better but I think we strengthened quite well and we’ll be a better team.
“We’ll be more flexible, but what we can’t gauge is if the league will be better. I think more and more sides have been able to bring in
“I think we’ve found that over the last two or three seasons that League 2 is progressively become a little better, so you’ve got to become better.
“We’ll see how we get on and it’s difficult to gauge but I’m quite please where we are at the moment.”