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Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett hopes new signing Ashley Hemmings can provide a spark

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

25/02/2010 npower League Two match: Plymouth Argyle v Dagenham & Redbridge Plymouth Argyles Ashley Hemmings against Dagenham & Redbridges Michael Spillane (left) Reporter Phil pic by Lucy Duval

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GARY Rowett is looking for Ashley Hemmings to inject some pace and trickery into his Burton Albion side.

The 23-year-old wide-man joined the Brewers on a month’s loan from League One Walsall yesterday.

He comes straight into the squad which visits in-form York City tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

“He’s pacy and has got a box of tricks,” said the Albion boss.

“He’s had a mixed time at Walsall where he’s played really, really well and won them games but then struggled for that bit of consistency.

“We’ve been looking for that bit of a spark in the final third, that extra little bit of something, even if it’s for 20 minutes.

“Ashley could provide that for us while Zeli (Ismail) is out.

“Pace, first and foremost, he’s got and he’s also got very good quality.”

Meanwhile, there is also good news from the treatment room.

Forward Adam McGurk will be fit to face the Minstermen after limping off towards the end of Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Wycombe.

His knee injury, although painful, was not serious.

Jimmy Phillips may also be fit after initially being ruled out for several weeks with an ankle injury.

Robbie Weir was doubtful with a sore hamstring and went for a scan this week, but should be fit to face the club where had had a brief loan spell in 2010/11.

Ismail, who made a terrific impact after signing on loan from Wolves, is also making good progress, but no time frame has been put on his return after he damaged his hamstring in the 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

“Adam will be okay,” said Rowett. “I thought he was excellent on Tuesday and that was why I brought him back into the side.

“He’s got that bit of quality and showed at times he’s a step ahead in terms of his understanding.

“He and Billy (Kee) were probably the difference.

“Billy has been really consistent recently and he creates chances for others. Sometimes he doesn’t get as many chances himself because he’s not playing with a target man.

“He’s adapted well.”

Should Weir miss out, Lee Bell will likely replace him, while Jack Dyer is also waiting patiently in the wings.

“We’ve got one or two I can play in there as well,” said Rowett. “I’m sure Callum (McFadzean) could play in there and Phil (Edwards) has played there too.

“We’ve got enough and I’m not in the habit of bringing players in for the sake of it.”

York, meanwhile, are missing top scorer Wes Fletcher with damaged medial knee ligaments.

They go into tomorrow’s game on the back of a six-game winning streak which has taken them firmly into contention for a play-off spot.

Former Albion midfielders Russ Penn and Adam Reed have also struck up a useful partnership in the centre of midfield.

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