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Forward question for Brewers boss Gary Rowett

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

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GARY Rowett is tempted to hand new Burton Albion striker Gary Alexander his first start for the club today.

The Brewers visit Morecambe for a League Two clash, kick-off 3pm, hoping to record a first win in four matches.

“Of course I’m tempted,” said the Albion boss. “But I could start any of the strikers at the moment.

“They’re all champing at the bit to get in and improve our goalscoring record.

“Certainly, we’ve not brought Gary in to sit him on the bench for the rest of the season.

“It’s important we give him an opportunity to see if he is the missing ingredient we need.”

Adam McGurk netted his first goal since November last week to earn Burton a point at home to Exeter in a 1-1 draw.

Rowett hopes it will give the talented front-runner some confidence for the rest of the season.

“The goal will help Adam get over the blank in front of goal,” said the manager. “Billy’s the same - he just needs a goal.”

McGurk, 25, has scored five of his nine goals away from home for Albion.

Among his goals are a fine brace to win the game at Chesterfield 2-0, the winner in a 1-0 victory at Plymouth and one of three in the 3-2 early season triumph at Fleetwood.

Rowett reckons McGurk is a useful player when you need to adapt your style in away matches.

“Sometimes, games away from home suit the likes of Adam,” he said. “He’s certainly the one striker we’ve got who’s a bit different to the other ones.

“They like to play on the last defender using their strength and physicality (but he’s different).

“I just hope the rest of the season is a good one for the strikers to get some goals.”

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