BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett is pleased with the burgeoning strike partnership of Billy Kee and Dominic Knowles.
The Brewers duo have started the last three games and have looked bright in all of them, with Knowles (pictured) netting once and Kee twice.
The duo could once again start against AFC Wimbledon at the Pirelli Stadium today, kick-off 3pm, and Rowett has confidence they can get the job done.
“I think what they’ve done is shown a real appetite to work hard,” he said. “They’ve linked very well – you look for a little bit of synergy with strikers and partnerships across the pitch.
“I think they’ve shown a good understanding in the games they’ve played in.
“To keep the likes of Adam (McGurk) out of the side, they’ve got to play well.
“I feel as though they’ve deserved their chance.
“They’ve come in and created chances – we just need to take them though.”
Knowles was signed after the January transfer window closed a year ago and could not play for the rest of the season.
This time around, the 22-year-old has shown immense promise in netting three goals in nine starts and 14 substitute appearances in League Two.
Rowett is hopeful he will continue to blossom in the remaining 10 games of the season – and beyond.
“I’ve been really pleased with Dom,” he said. “I’ve said all along that given games and given chances he’s got an awful lot to offer.
“And he’s only been in the League for eight months.
“I still think another goal goes in and it’ll give him even more confidence.
“He gets chances in every game he plays - he’s our one striker who wants to run in behind defenders.”
Another young player impressing is left winger Marcus Harness.
The teenager’s burgeoning talent is one reason why Chris Hussey was allowed to join Bury on loan yesterday.
“Marcus needs to get in the squad and travel with the team for his development,” said Rowett.
“In training he’s been getting past people - first-team players - and is improving.
“There’s no reason why he can’t offer the same as Chris has.”