GARY Rowett reckons midfielder Robbie Weir has been an unsung hero as Burton Albion maintain their push for League Two honours.
The 24-year-old has made 38 appearances for the Brewers this season after signing from League One Tranmere Rovers in the summer.
He has missed just one game and has been quietly instrumental in Albion reaching the top three as they chase promotion.
“I knew Robbie Weir had played well against Rotherham, but watching it again I thought he was immense,” Albion boss Rowett told Mailsport last night.
“His work rate is fantastic.
“People saw a goalscoring midfielder when he signed in the summer and maybe one or two along the way haven’t realised quite how good he is.
“On Saturday you saw the other side of his game. One minute he got a chance and the next we was making a key clearance.
“I think he’s been outstanding this season.”
Although Weir’s work rate is a major feature of his midfield role, Rowett also believes the Northern Irishman possesses some quality.
“One or two of his passes out to Alex (MacDonald) show he’s a quality player as well,” said the Albion manager. “He gets frustrated if he doesn’t score goals.
“But I for one think some of his performances have been full of quality.”
Weir’s work rate has helped Burton build a platform in League Two – and the way the side plays relies on having two up-and-down central midfielders like Weir and Lee Bell.
“It’s important with the way we play with four in midfield that we have hard-working central midfielders who cover the ground,” said Rowett. “There’s a lot put upon them.
“I think Belly and Robbie do it brilliantly.
“To keep John McGrath and the fast-improving Jack Dyer out of the side is testament to how well they’ve done.”
Andy Corbett, meanwhile, is expected to stay at the Pirelli Stadium for the rest of the season.
The 30-year-old right-back was recalled from his loan spell at Conference outfit Hereford United on Saturday morning and will provide back-up to Anthony O’Connor from the bench.
“It would have been ideal to get him another month of games at Hereford,” said Rowett. “But it was very important we look after our own interests and Andy’s our player.
“What we didn’t want to do was lose games by not having enough strength on the bench.
“He understands that and will be here to play some part for the rest of the season.”
BURTON Albion reserves were due to face Port Vale’s second string at the FA Centre this afternoon, kick-off 2pm.