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Burton Albion boss could add further new faces

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

Burton Albion vs Aston Villa at the Pirelli Stadium Albion Manager - Gary Rowett

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GARY Rowett could bring “one or two” extra new faces into the Pirelli Stadium to bolster his Burton Albion side during the run-in.

The Brewers picked up Ian Sharps on loan for the rest of the season from Rotherham United on Friday.

And the 32-year-old centre-half may not be the last player to arrive during the January transfer window.

“It’d be nice to bring another one or two players in and maybe one or two might have to go out to make that happen,” said Albion boss Rowett last night.

“There are a few I’ve been keeping tabs on and getting them would be a nice added bonus.”

Rowett has warned against changing too much as his play-off chasers are nicely positioned in seventh spot with an enviable home record.

“We’ve always tried to improve where we can, but obviously we need to be mindful of changing too much and affecting what we’re doing,” he said.

“It’s a case of small changes.

“The key for me, regardless of our away form, is if you look at the teams ahead of us and not too far ahead — you’ve got Northampton, Rotherham, Bradford and Cheltenham.

“It’s brilliant we’re in that pack.

“I’m proud of that.

“We’re trying to find ways of improving.”

The Brewers lost 1-0 at Northampton Town on Saturday despite a determined show that almost earned them a point at Sixfields.

They were undone by a momentary lapse which allowed Adebayo Akinfenwa to net a second-half winner.

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Three days on, Rowett still feels his side defended well enough to bag themselves a point.

“I think we defended pretty well,” said the Brewers boss. “Against opposition like that you have to defend high balls into the box and have to cope with that aerial presence.

“The team was set up to do that and did it well.

“Had we scored from one of our counter-attacks then we would be saying what a good away performance – that’s how close it is.

“That turns a good away performance into a really good one with the right result.

“I was just disappointed with the goal and the result.”

Albion lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation and Rowett believes using a lone striker has made his side better at the back in away games.

“From time to time, people comment on what your intentions are,” he said. “4-5-1 means you’re going for a point, but I think you can still create plenty of chances to win a game using one striker.

“We played 4-4-2 away from home at Exeter, dominated possession for half an hour, played well and came away with a 3-0 defeat.

“We did exactly the same at York and exactly the same at Barnet.

“Certainly, when we’ve gone with a 4-5-1 we’ve conceded far fewer goals.

“We need to score more goals or we’re not going to win games.”

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