GARY Rowett would love a repeat of Burton Albion’s unforgettable 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle from a year ago.
Back on April 13, 2013, the Brewers were desperate for three points to stay in League Two’s automatic promotion race.
With time running out, Matt Paterson popped up with a 94th minute winner against the Pilgrims to keep the dream alive with two games left.
Roll on 12 months and Albion are in a similar situation, needing a win with six games remaining to stay in the race for the top three.
And for Rowett, Paterson’s goal – and the wild celebrations it sparked – seem like yesterday.
“That was almost a unique day in everyone’s football career,” said the Brewers boss. “We desperately needed to win that to stay in the automatic promotion race.
“It was a disappointing game and I remember saying on the touchline that we weren’t going to get anywhere and weren’t going to score.
“I remember that moment when we broke through Damo (McCrory) after they’d been on the attack.
“We won a corner and (Ian) Sharpsy headed it down and up popped Pato to nip in with one of his trademark substitute goals.
“Whatever happened last year, it felt like everything came together in that game.”
This time around, Albion are looking for five wins from their remaining six games to seal a place in the top three and avoid going into the play-offs like last season.
Although the Brewers have not been as entertaining in 2013/14, they are on the verge of having a better season.
“If you look at last season, after 42 games we only had two points more than we have now,” said Rowett of his more streetwise outfit. “We’re not a million miles away from progress on last season.”
The manager has a few injury worries ahead of tomorrow’s clash against a Plymouth side desperate for three points to keep up their late charge for a play-off place.
Phil Edwards is very doubtful through illness, while Billy Kee and Marcus Holness have also been under the weather this week.
Adam McGurk, meanwhile, has a thigh problem he picked up in the warm-up before last week’s 0-0 draw at York.
Robbie Weir (hamstring) has looked rejuvenated in training this week after missing the York match, while Michael Symes and Gary Alexander are both fully fit.
“Gary’s had a really good week,” said Rowett of his 34-year-old target man. “Robbie feels fresher for having a rest last week, too.
“Should Phil miss out, Dave (Gray) will be ready to come in at right-back, which is his natural position.
“We’ve got to try to remain solid - that’s the focus.
“We aren’t suddenly going to start scoring 10 goals a game and mustn’t get sloppy trying to score.
“We’ve got this far being solid and aren’t going to change.”
BURTON Albion’s independent supporters club is running a bus to the Northampton game a week tomorrow.
It leaves the Beacon Hotel, in Tutbury Road, at noon and seats cost £8.
Bookings will be taken on the coach from fans interested in going to Newport on Easter Monday.
Alternatively, Clive can be contacted on 07805 241929 or Mick on 01283 845496.
The Newport coach will leave at 10.30am.