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Burton Albion: Forward march for the Brewers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

By Tom Sloan

STRIKE FORCE ... Burton's new forward signings Stuart Beavon (left) and Lucas Akins.

STRIKE FORCE ... Burton's new forward signings Stuart Beavon (left) and Lucas Akins.

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GARY Rowett thinks his Burton Albion side has got better attacking options going into the new campaign.

The Brewers struggled to score freely last season as they relied largely on a superb defensive record to reach the League Two play-off final.

But with new signings Lucas Akins and Stuart Beavon joining the likes of Billy Kee and Adam McGurk, Rowett is quietly confident about life at the sharp end.

"We will certainly have more and better attacking options this season," said the Albion chief.

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"We didn't score enough goals but we can look all around the team and say everyone didn't contribute enough to that.

"We aren't going to be the most attacking and entertaining team in the division, but we can work on that."

Rowett and his coaching staff sat down at the end of the season and looked at the areas where the Brewers needed to improve.

They felt that more energy was needed in the final third and are hopeful that the new signings have helped to add that to Albion's armoury.

"At the end of every season we sit down and analyse the areas where we were lacking," said Rowett.

"There were one or two things last season we've looked at.

"We weren't as fluid attacking-wise as we would've liked to be at times.

"I also think we didn't play with quite the tempo we needed to at times.

"So, we look to see if we can incorporate that into the side over the summer."

Albion, meanwhile, faced German side Mainz in a behind-closed-doors friendly at St George's Park last week.

They lost 1-0 to the visiting Germans, but it was a more than creditable result against a side which finished seventh in the Bundesliga last season and who are currently in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

"They dominated possession, as you would expect," said Rowett. "But I thought as an exercise to be out of possession for long periods against a side in the Europa League it was brilliant.

"We didn't get lots of opportunities – we had six or seven periods of good possession in the final third.

"It's difficult against sides like that to be too open because as soon as you press they can kill you.

"Although it looks negative, it was an excellent exercise."

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