GARY Rowett has called on the match-winners in his Burton Albion side to step up to the mark and get the club’s automatic promotion bid back on track.
The Brewers take on Wycombe Wanderers at the Pirelli Stadium tonight, kick-off 7.45pm, looking to put a three-match winless run behind them.
And Rowett needs players like Billy Kee and Adam McGurk to go and win him the game against the struggling Chairboys.
“We’re coming into the period where I need the big players to step up,” said the Albion boss.
“We need our match-winners.”
McGurk, 25, has endured a frustrating spell of late – but Rowett has backed the forward to provide that bit of quality he needs.
“He’s an amazingly talented player,” said the manager. “When we talk to other managers after games, they always mention Adam and Billy – and these are people in the know in the game.
“We’ve got to get quality in the side.
“The likes of Adam have got to come back into the frame and see if they can give us that extra bit.
“I need to now see whether he can give us what we know he can.”
There is good and bad news on the injury front ahead of tonight’s match.
Jimmy Phillips damaged an ankle in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe and went for a hospital scan yesterday. He is expected to be out for several weeks.
However, Ian Sharps (calf), Michael Symes (groin) and Gary Alexander (knee) all trained yesterday and provided they suffer no reaction will come into contention tonight.
Marcus Holness will be fine after suffering a bout of cramp which forced him off on Saturday.
“Jimmy was limping for the last 10 minutes at Scunthorpe,” said Rowett. “It looks like he might be ruled out for the short-term future.
“But Ian Sharps has trained and we’ll see if reacts to that.
“Gary Alexander did 45 minutes and Michael Symes, too.
“We could have three or four back, or we might not.
“It’d be great to have them potentially available.”
Sharps’ height has been missed in the last three games, but Rowett has been happy with the performances of Holness in his absence.
“First and foremost, Marcus has come in and done a really good job,” said the Brewers boss. “Belly’s (Lee Bell) done the same in midfield.
“Sharpsy gives you a vocal player at the back with a lot of experience, but you can argue Marcus has got that, too, with the promotion he experienced at Rochdale.
“Not one player can change a team, but you’re always going to miss a player like Ian Sharps.
“It’s tempting to put him straight back in the side.”
Loan signing Callum McFadzean could replace Phillips on the left tonight, while January signing David Gray is also close to a start.