WITH the Brewers clocking up the miles with three away games in succession before Christmas, Nigel Clough is wary of the impact that will have on his squad.
The Brewers travel to Fleetwood tomorrow, Middlesbrough on Tuesday and Luton on December 22.
The manager said: “We will certainly have to factor the travelling in and the impact that has as we are going to spend a lot of hours on the bus.
“We will put our best team out on Saturday and do that again on Tuesday and then look at where we are at after the two games in three days and with the travelling and see if anyone is feeling anything at that point. That may be the effects of the tirednesss from the travelling or from knocks from the two games.”
Clough is happy that at least his squad is in a more healthy position going into the games with most of the injured players easing back to fitness.
It took battling qualities to beat Shrewsbury in tricky conditions last Saturday and he admits that his team won’t always be able to play their passing game and get results.
He said: “We want to play like we did at Charlton but still win – we don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t. But over the 46 games you can’t always play like that. Sometimes you need other qualities and having Jake Buxton and Ben Turner fit is important in giving us more options.”