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25 March 2014

Brewers looking for Wycombe win

It is easy to say that Burton Albion's failure to take anything from their game at Scunthorpe United has heaped the pressure on for the home game against Wycombe Wanderers but manager Gary Rowett insists that every game is important at this stage of the season, irrespective of what has gone before it.

"We talk about 'must win' games all the time but at this stage of the season every game is a big game." Rowett began before going to say that it is only fine margins that need to change for Albion to get back to winning ways.  "Every game is important that we try to win and we know we cant afford to lose too many more games and we want to still be in there because we are in a terrific position. We just have to grasp these opportunities to do a little bit more in the forthcoming games because we have the chance to press on." he continued.

"Tuesday is going to be another big game but there is no more pressure on the Wycombe game that there was on the Scunthorpe game at the weekend."

"Not many people would have expected us to go to Scunthorpe and dominate proceedings for the first forty five minutes in the way that we did so every game is different. Teams at the bottom end of the table are scrapping for everything to try and stay up and I am sure they will try and make it very, very difficult for us but we have to try and concentrate on what we do and just try and do those things a little bit better than we did in the last game to come out with the win."

The Brewers boss has invigorated his squad with Friday's arrival of Sheffield United's Callum McFadzean and with the youngster only linking up with the squad the day before the game it was no surprise that the left sided midfielder only began the game on the bench but it is quite possible that Brewers fans may get to see the new loan signing in action against Wycombe.

"Hopefully we may be able to use Callum in the game at some point. Jimmy's hamstring just tightened late on and with hindsight I could have saved one of my earlier substitutions which would then have allowed us to see Callum on that left hand side. We need as many bodies as we can get in and around the team right now, we need to get some freshness in there and Callum will certainly get a chance, sooner rather than later."

After the disappointment of the late, late equaliser from AFC Wimbledon in the last home game at the Pirelli Stadium the game against Wycombe offers the Brewers to get back to winning ways in front of their home fans something that the manager is keen to do.

"We want to go out there and win all of our home games, of course we do, but when you look at it our away form this season has been much improved, excellent in fact, and that has allowed us to get away with not being quite as good at home as we were last season. We just have to try and keep our heads above water and keep trying to win games. At the end of the season our destiny will be determined by how many points we can accumulate and not necessarily who we get those points against."

Injuries have begun to creep into the squad of late with Ian Sharps missing the last three games with a calf injury and his replacement, Marcus Holness, failed to complete the game at Scunthorpe meaning that a late check will have to be made as to who is available to start against the Chairboys.

"It would be great if we can get Sharpsy back in there, especially with Marcus Holness pulling up in the Scunthorpe game but we will leave it as late as we can to make a decision on and we will have to see who we have to slot in there against Wycombe."

With only seven games to go after the Wycombe game and the final transfer deadline of the season fast approaching on Thursday evening Rowett is keeping a keen eye on things with the possibility of further strengthening before the deadline passes.

"We have to make sure we have enough bodies in the building to cope with whatever happens but also you cant just bring in players willy-nilly. We have to balance things off between what we know we already have and what we feel we specifically need so we will look to react to that as the week goes on before the deadline on Thursday."

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