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Burton Albion winger Lucas Akins a doubt for visit of QPR to Pirelli Stadium

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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LUCAS Akins is a doubt for the visit of Queen's Park Rangers to Burton Albion tonight – but is expected to play through the pain barrier.

The 25-year-old winger broke his hand in the 2-1 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

"Lucas' hand hasn't healed and we've got to assess if he plays with that or if we give him a break," said Brewers boss Gary Rowett.

Albion host the Premier League newcomers (7.45pm) hoping to continue their excellent run against higher level opponents in the Capital One Cup.

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They knocked out Championship outfit Wigan two weeks ago, while last season Premier League Fulham got a real scare before going out on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Prior to that, Sheffield United have twice been beaten, as have Leicester City.

Rowett says the side Harry Redknapp puts out at the Pirelli Stadium makes little difference to Albion.

"It doesn't really matter what team QPR send when you've got a squad of household names and international players," he said.

"We know roughly what type of football they're going to play.

"They'll try to pull us around and then play through the gaps, using that extra bit of pace to get into the box.

"But we've done well in these games in the last few years. It's about how good defensively you are and about how you can hurt them when you get the ball, because you get fewer opportunities than at League Two level."

The Brewers boss, though, is hopeful that Rangers struggle for motivation against their League Two hosts – but accepts it is a long shot following the Hoops' weekend hammering at White Hart Lane.

"When players from a higher level, and I know this myself, play against lower level opposition, sometimes they don't look forward to it and you hope they're not as up for the game or as mentally prepared to work hard," said Rowett.

"But after a 4-0 defeat at Spurs at the weekend, it puts an end to that thought!"

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