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Albion duo set for duty in Bees clash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

Burton Albion vs Bristol Rovers at the Pirelli Stadium Stuart Tomlinson

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NEW star signing Ian Sharps and goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson are both expected to start for Burton Albion against Barnet tomorrow.

Sharps, 32, has caused a stir by signing for the Brewers on loan from Rotherham United until the end of the season.

And Tomlinson, 27, could replace Dean Lyness in goal after coming through 90 minutes for Burton’s reserves in their 3-2 win over Morecambe this week.

“I haven’t brought them in to sit on the bench for 25 games a season,” Albion boss Gary Rowett said last night. “If I think it’s the right game to put them in, I will.

“It’s always disappointing for the ones going out of the team in these situations.”

Sharps is likely to partner skipper Zander Diamond in an uncompromising central partnership. Nathan Stanton or Anthony O’Connor will then battle it out for the right-back slot.

Rowett has held up talented striker Billy Kee as an example of how to react to being left out.

“Billy hasn’t played many away games this season,” said Rowett. “He’s taken it on the chin and that’s what you want to see from your players.

“Sometimes you don’t pick players and it’s not because you don’t like them or value them.

“On occasions you think the team’s better with a certain player in.

“Sometimes players don’t believe you as a manager when you say there isn’t really a reason why they’re not playing.

“It’s just the way it is ­— I didn’t like it much when I was a player.”

Rowett could be forgiven for wanting revenge against Barnet at the Pirelli

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Stadium tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, but says it is just another game where he wants three points.

The Brewers went down 3-2 at Underhill just before Christmas after leading 1-0 through a goal from Kee.

“In the first half we created enough chances to win a couple of games,” said Rowett. “But it’s about putting them away.

“You are always susceptible if they get a goal back. We made a silly mistake for their goal and it lifted the whole place.

“It gave them a lifeline and they took it.

“But I don’t have ideas of revenge or anything like that.

“All I focus on is us trying to win.

“It’s great for the crowd to come and see Edgar Davids too.”

Davids, Barnet player-manager, had a dust-up with Rowett but the Albion boss insists there are no hard feelings.

“I’ll treat him with the same respect as other managers who come to the Pirelli,” he said. “He’s a fantastic player.

“I had a little spat with him down there but that’s history now.”

Albion have prepared for tomorrow’s game well, with Rowett impressed with the intensity shown at the FA Centre this week.

“Training has been good this week,” he said. “With the under-soil heating it wasn’t a problem.

“More and more teams seem to be trying to use it up there.

“We’ve had two really good sessions and will have another today ready for tomorrow.

“Ian’s settled in well.

“We probably do things differently to how Rotherham to in trainining so it takes a bit of adjustment.

“He’ll have needed a day off to recover!”

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