BURTON Albion face their second longest trip of the season tonight as they visit Torquay looking to bounce back from Friday’s disappointing defeat at Bristol Rovers.
The Brewers will once again hit the M5 to the South West today ahead of a 7.45pm kick-off at Plainmoor.
Boss Gary Rowett is looking for a better performance than the one seen at the Memorial Stadium, where Albion went down 2-0.
And he refuses to blame the long trips for any under-par showings.
“The journey doesn’t come into it,” he said. “We’ve got to go down there and put in a performance.
“Torquay and Plymouth both have these kinds of trips to every away game, so it’s not an excuse.”
Torquay, struggling against relegation from League Two, sank 1-0 at home to Accrington on Saturday.
The Gulls would have targeted two home games in four days as a good place to pick up the points they need to haul themselves towards survival.
And Rowett hopes losing to Accrington, themselves not totally out of the mire, could make Torquay clam up when they face the Brewers.
“Losing on Saturday will make them even more desperate for the result,” he said. “That can affect a team in different ways.
“It can make you more determined, but it can make you a little bit nervous too.
“We’ve got to relax a little bit.
“Losing at Bristol was one game. We weren’t as a good as in recent games, but no-one’s been relegated and it’s not the end of the world.”
Albion have been able to bounce back well from disappointing results in the last 18 months.
Indeed, they have only lost back-to-back games once this season, when they were beaten three times on the bounce in September.
Rowett is again looking to that dogged nature of his side tonight.
“What you find is where you finish in a season comes down to your ability to handle a setback,” said the manager. “We’ve handled them well in the last 18 months.
“Last season in particular we’d lose 3-0 away and then bounce back straight away in our next home game.
“We’ve got to make sure we bounce back.”
Damien McCrory is expected to be fit tonight after missing the Bristol game with a dead leg he sustained at Rochdale.
He could come straight back in for Chris Hussey at left-back.
Striker Gary Alexander was rested on Friday after feeling some discomfort in his knee at Rochdale but is fighting fit to play tonight.
Target man Michael Symes (knee) is the only absentee.