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Burton Albion: Gary Rowett says trialists need to show something special

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

KEEN TO IMPRESS .... Burton Albion trialist Christian Ribeiro.

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NO decision has yet being made on Burton Albion's current trio of trialists, but manager Gary Rowett says the bar has been set very high for anyone to come in.

Centre-half Lloyd Foot– a former Southampton youth-team player who used to room with England's Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, joined Jordan Cranston and Christian Ribeiro on the pitch for Wednesday night's KC Trophy clash at Mickleover Sports.

Rowett gave all three the full 90 minutes as Burton won 1-0 thanks to a neat Billy Kee goal and says he is looking for something special.

"We'll discuss it, as they've given me food for thought," said Rowett.

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"They've all worked hard while they've been here, but we've set the bar quite high with the players we've brought in, so for us to take one or two on, they'd have to be pretty special."

Ribeiro impressed at right-back against Sheffield United on Saturday, but had a quieter game at the Raygar Stadium, while Cranston's fortunes were almost the reverse.

"Christian did really well against Sheffield United, but then Mickleover was a different game," said Rowett.

"The pitch looked great when we arrived – probably better than at Hednesford (on Tuesday) – but once we started playing on it, it was very, very hard.

"It was very difficult to get any real control of the game, so to judge a player on that would be harsh."

Foot was recommended to Rowett and came into the starting XI after Liam Slade fell ill on the morning of the game, but is unlikely to be retained

Burton ended the game with eight players from their own academy on the pitch.

"That was one of the big things from that game," said Rowett.

"In fact, it probably would have been a better game for the younger players to play 90 minutes.

"They have been a highlight of pre-season, and I'm sure the fans will be pleased to see these home-grown players come through our system and look composed against a tough Mickleover side."

Albion had a behind-closed-doors practice match at St George's Park yesterday (Friday) morning, but the players have been given the weekend off after four friendly games in a little over a week.

They face Derby County at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.30pm, before their final pre-season friendly at home to Stoke City on Saturday, August 2.

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