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Burton Albion get Mansfield warning in clash at Newport County

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Tom Sloan

DRIVING FORCE ... John Mousinho is a key figure in Burton's midfield.

DRIVING FORCE ... John Mousinho is a key figure in Burton's midfield.

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GARY Rowett says his Burton Albion players got a warning last week at Newport of what to expect at Mansfield tomorrow.

The Brewers visit Field Mill (3pm) for another test of their physical mettle after a tough battle in the 1-1 draw at Newport.

Rowett says the Stags, a notoriously muscular team, have added some guile to their steel this summer.

He will not underestimate them as he looks to avoid a case of after the lord mayor's show following the Capital One Cup win over Queen's Park Rangers.

"The Newport game was ideal preparation, even though we didn't play well," said the manager. "It gave us a warning for Saturday.

"We now know what we've got to do to win the game.

"Yes, I'm going to have to tailor the team to Mansfield, and also work out who's going to give us the energy levels we want."

Rowett could be forgiven for enjoying the moment after the 1-0 win over QPR – but his mind had already turned ahead to tomorrow.

"People asked me after the game what was going through my mind," he said

"The answer was simple – what team was I going to put out against Mansfield.

"They're a lot like Newport, only they play a three at the back.

"They've got size in the team, but we've watched them and technically they've got some very good players.

"The striker, Alex Fisher, has come back from playing abroad and is a good player.

"We certainly won't undervalue what they can do.

"We've got to be up for the fight."

Rowett prepared for Mansfield by resting Stuart Beavon against QPR and giving John Mousinho and Robbie Weir 45 minutes each on Wednesday.

Lucas Akins, who missed out altogether, is expected to be absent tomorrow.

"By bringing two or three players into the team it helps," said Rowett. "We took a gamble taking Moose off, but we did it because he'd got a booking.

"I knew he'd have to be competitive in there and I didn't want him picking up another one and missing the Mansfield game – as well as the rest of the QPR game.

"Two or three had a rest – Stuart Beavon and Lucas Akins – and Moose and Robbie only played 45 minutes each.

"We certainly won't be tired going to Mansfield after the QPR game."

Now, Rowett is calling for focus – and avoiding another banana skin to keep a six-match unbeaten run going.

"We've just got to make sure we're focused," said Rowett. "We've got to bring that same desire, determination and quality to the table at Mansfield.

"People always talk about after the lord mayor's show.

"We're not going to say that and be disrespectful to Mansfield – it'll be a very, very difficult game and one we know we'll have to perform very well in to win."

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