BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett says his side needs to treat their remaining nine games in League Two as a series of cup finals.
The Brewers travel to Scunthorpe United tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, hoping to keep up their excellent form away to the top sides in League Two.
They recently drew at leaders Rochdale and beat Oxford, while earlier in the season saw off Chesterfield, Fleetwood and Plymouth on their travels.
Third-placed Scunthorpe have only lost four times in League Two this season – and are unbeaten since a home defeat to Accrington in November, a run of 21 games.
Rowett is looking for his side to bounce back from their 1-1 draw at home to AFC Wimbledon last week – using a bit of cup mentality and a positive attitude.
“We’ve got nine cup finals and we’ve got to treat them as standalone games,” he said. “We’re still looking up at the teams ahead of us.
“We had a little slip last season with four or five games to go.
“We know how to manage disappointment.
“We have to almost get rid of it and move on after leaving it behind us.
“We’ve got to be positive about what’s ahead.
“That’s the message.”
The draw against the Dons, where the Londoners scored to equalise long after added time should have ended, was a real kick in the teeth.
But Rowett says his side will use it to their advantage at Glanford Park tomorrow.
“It was disappointing at the weekend but let’s leave that behind,” he said. “We’ve got to channel our sense of injustice, anger and disappointment.
“The disappointing thing from Saturday for me is, particularly first half, we played really well.
“We created little moments where we should’ve done more.
“We’ll go Saturday and will be fully determined to get something out of the game.”
Centre-half Ian Sharps (calf) is doubtful but could play if he comes through training today.
Gary Alexander (knee) is less likely to feature after having an injection, but could return for Tuesday night’s home clash with Wycombe.
Michael Symes (knee) is definitely out, as is Zeli Ismail (hamstring), who is ruled out for at least six weeks.
BURTON Albion’s official supporters’ club is running a second coach to Scunthorpe tomorrow.
A few tickets are available and cost £14. They are available from the club shop or by calling 565938.
A COACH to the York City game a week tomorrow will be running from the Anglesey Arms, in Stretton, at 10.30am.
Tickets cost £13 and can be bought from the pub or by contacting Reg Drew on 07864 679249.