GARY Rowett reckons a repeat of Burton Albion’s tremendous form of a year ago will be needed to fire them right into contention for the League Two top three.
The Brewers won four on the bounce in February, 2012 – a run which took them into the heart of the promotion mixer.
They beat Rotherham at home 2-0, Fleetwood 4-0 away, and finished the month off with back-to-back home victories over Exeter and Morecambe, 4-2 and 3-2 respectively.
Ultimately, Burton fell just a place and two points short of automatic promotion before losing to big-budget Bradford in the play-offs.
Now, Rowett would like a repeat of the winning streak as his Albion side sits in fifth, just a point off the automatic promotion places and 11 points clear of eighth place with 17 games left.
“We need to get on some sort of run,” he said. “Four wins on the spin last season really got us up there.
“At some point we’ve got to win a few and go on a little run.
“Staying unbeaten is great, but we’re going to need to win a few on the spin.”
Despite his desire for an winning run, the manager is still telling his players to treat the run-in one game at a time in the hunt for promotion.
“What we’ve got to do is not look too far ahead and worry about what’s in front of us,” he said.
“We’ve got to keep performing well.
“Sometimes an indifferent or a poor performance (such as the 4-2 home defeat to Fleetwood) can reinvigorate you and set you up for the rest of the season.”
Albion beat Morecambe 1-0 away on Saturday with a much-improved performance over those of late.
Shrimps boss Jim Bentley’s comments after the game pleased Rowett greatly as they chimed almost exactly with what he had asked of his men.
“I think Jim Bentley said something along the lines of us being tougher than them, with game knowledge, experience and know-how,” he said.
“I quite liked those comments - they are important things in our division.
“Certainly I think it’s a performance we should be proud of - there was some terrific defending.
“Some of the desire was fantastic and the commitment was brilliant.
“I thought in general that the performance backed up a few things I’d talked about the week before.”
It was Albion’s seventh away win of the season and they have still only lost two on the road all season, at Wimbledon in September and Dagenham in November.
They have conceded just 11 away from home all season, the second best in the division, and seven of those were in their first four games.
“We seem to come under less pressure away from home at the moment, which is bizarre really,” said Rowett.
“We’ve got to deal with it and I was really pleased with the way we dealt with it at Morecambe.”