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Rowett: Another tough test

28 March 2014

Brewers boss previews York trip

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett is expecting another tough test when the Brewers travel to in-form York City tomorrow.

The Minstermen have won eight of the last ten games, and Rowett is wary of the threat they will pose.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we know theat. They’ve won six on the spin and they’re having a really good time at the moment. You have to take your hat off to Nigel and the players who have done well. They brought some players in during January and they obviously have a really good fit.

“They have lots of energy and are very in your face, so it will be a test once again, although we say that before every game,” said Rowett.

The Brewers go into the game on the back of a 1-0 midweek win over Wycombe, and Rowett thinks that result may give the team a springboard from which to push on. Rowett has also spoken of the depth within the squad.

“We’ve lost something like three games in 24, so we’ve been pretty consistent all season. What we haven’t done is consistently scored goals and we know that by now. We have to make sure that we’re solid and hope our luck in front of goal changes. We hit the post and missed some other opportunities against Wycombe and on another day we’d have scored more.

“We go into the game full of confidence, and the Wycombe game has given us a bit of breathing space, and we can focus on what’s in front of us.

“You get to a point where you have to make decisions that might upset one or two people. We’ve got a good squad and we’re really competitive with players who can come in and do a good job. Sometimes you have to throw some players in like Ian Sharps and Adam McGurk, and we certainly saw the benefit of that on Tuesday,” Rowett said.

New signing Ashley Hemmings is available for selection on Saturday, and Rowett is keen on the attributes he brings. Rowett is also happy with the make-up of the squad following yesterday’s loan deadline.

“He gives us an option and we had a good look at him today. He’ll give us something different if he starts a game and he can also bring some good impact if he’s a sub. He’s got pace and trickery and I’ve seen him be really lively with opposition defences. We’re giving ourselves options to win games and he’s another option.

“We’ve got a lot of covers in lots of areas. We have enough depth and whether we have enough quality remains to be seen. We’re not in a position like some other clubs, who can afford to bring in three or four Championship players to see if it works. I think what we’ve got here is enough to win us games at the moment.”

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