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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett settled on his first XI for Wembley final

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

Gary Rowett giving out instructions
Scunthorpe United v Burton Albion
Glanford Park

Gary Rowett giving out instructions Scunthorpe United v Burton Albion Glanford Park

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GARY Rowett already has a rough idea of the team we wants to send out at Wembley for the biggest day in Burton Albion’s history.

The Brewers are gearing up to face Fleetwood Town in the play-off final with a place in League One up for grabs.

And Rowett is not looking forward to telling some of his players they will not be starting Monday’s match.

“I’ve got my ideas in place,” said the Albion manager. “I know roughly which team I want to go with.

“That’s obviously dependent on one or two recovering from injuries.

“It’s that fine line between picking your best starting team and having some impact from the bench.

“I’ve got to pick a team to win the game.”

Telling a player he will miss what is potentially the biggest game of his career is not something the manager enjoys.

“We’ve got to stick together,” said Rowett. “Some are going to be lucky and some are unfortunately going to miss out.

“It’s good to do that early so they can get it out of their system.

“It’s my job and I’ve got to do it – it’s part of it.

“These can be tough decisions and you just have to take it on the chin.”

Alex MacDonald missed out on the second leg of the play-off semi-finals and Rowett says the 24-year-old winger was devastated.

But he picked himself up and played a crucial role coming off the bench as the Brewers drew 2-2 at Roots Hall to seal their place at Wembley.

“Alex was distraught when I told him,” said Rowett. “But with half an hour to go he came on and helped change the game.

“At the end he was probably the most elated player.”

Albion’s players have already gone a step further than last season, when they were knocked out by Bradford with Wembley almost within touching distance.

Rowett wants them to take another extra step come Monday.

“The key for the players is, yes, it’s going to be a great day,” he said. “But we need to make sure we’re focused because there’s a massive prize at the end of it.”

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