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Gary Rowett faces Burton Albion stick or twist quandary

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

SPECTACULAR . . . Burton Albion have not been able to replicate the number of brilliant goals from outside the box scored by the likes of Jacques Maghoma last season

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GARY Rowett is conscious of making too many changes to his promotion-chasing Burton Albion side as he looks for more goals.

The Brewers have struggled to find the net consistently of late – and this season have relied on being a solid rather than spectacular outfit in their bid for League Two success.

Today, they face Accrington at the Pirelli Stadium, kick-off 3pm, and Albion boss Rowett is looking to tweak his team rather than make wholesale changes.

“We can’t change it every single game,” he said. “I’m conscious we’ve changed it a lot recently.

“Over the last 20 games we were the form team in the league.

“Everyone is making a massive issue out of us not scoring.

“At home we’ve got to force the game a little better.

“In the last couple we needed to do that better, but it wasn’t long ago we won four on the spin at home.”

Rowett thinks the difference is fewer brilliant goals this time around, with the likes of Jacques Maghoma no longer at the club.

“At times I’ve been through a lot of the goals from last season,” said the manager.

“I don’t want to harp on about it because it’s past, but we got a lot of superb goals from outside the box into the top corner.

“We haven’t been able to get as many of those goals this season.”

Rowett is considering his strike options, with one possibility that of Adam McGurk filling a wide role - but he needs to retain the solid shape which has served the club so well.

“It’s twofold,” said the Brewers boss. “What we might find is we’re a bit too open as a team (with McGurk out wide).

“But in terms of creativity it might be a possibility, I’m sure - it’s something we’ve thought about.”

Another partnership which has worked well in the past is Billy Kee and Michael Symes, a classic ‘little and large’ pairing.

Rowett reckons being the main focal point might not suit Kee, so the presence of Symes, or new signing Gary Alexander, could be beneficial as the Brewers go hunting for goals.

“Billy and Symesy played well for Accrington and for us in the second half of last season,” said the Albion boss. “Billy suits playing with a bigger striker.

“In a similar way, Gary might offer that increased aerial threat alongside him.

“When Billy is the main striker, or the one who competes for that first ball, we’ve not got into the same areas.

“That’s something we’ll look at.”

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