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Gary Rowett had mixed emotions about appearance of son Alfie against his Burton Albion side

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 17, 2014

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IN the 82nd minute of Tuesday night's clash against Ilkeston, Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett admits his paternal instincts took over.

That was the moment his son, Alfie Rowett, came off the bench for the Robins to face his father's Brewers side for the final eight minutes of the pre-season friendly at the New Manor Ground.

Alfie, 16, has joined Ilkeston's youth system and, despite his reservations at the time, Rowett senior believes experiences like that will be good for his progress.

"Kev (Wilson, Ilkeston's manager) rang me and said he was going to give him ten minutes," said the Pirelli boss.

"It was probably the worst moment of the day because in my mind I was thinking 'do it against someone else, not us'. I was more worried for him than I was for the game."

Alfie did not have much chance to make an impression in his brief cameo, but Rowett admits he will be uniquely placed to monitor the teenager's progress.

"He's joined Ilkeston's system and I think it'll be good for him," he said.

"He's only 16, so to get ten minutes this eArly is nice for him and will give him a little bit of a boost.

"I don't think I'll manage many teams who'll play against my son."

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