GARY Rowett reckons the two 1-0 defeats his Burton Albion side suffered against Southend this season will have no bearing on the play-offs.
The Shrimpers fortuitously beat the Brewers at the Pirelli Stadium in October as Freddie Eastwood struck a deflected injury time winner after Albion had dominated the game.
And on Saturday, in the final league game of the season, a weakened Brewers side missing six first-team regulars went down 1-0 at Roots Hall.
But Rowett says those results – the only double anyone got over Albion this season – should be disregarded ahead of Sunday’s play-off first leg at the Pirelli, kick-off noon.
“You can flip both of those games on their head,” he said.
“If you’re Southend you’ve won both games 1-0 and if you’re us you can say you dominated the home game with 10 men for 55 minutes, probably should have won the game and ended up losing to a deflected goal in the 93rd minute, so we can’t be too displeased with that.
“Then we took a mixed side with six of our main players not in the team and narrowly lost 1-0 away in a tight game at Roots Hall.
“So, I think you can take the positives, you can take the negatives – but I don’t think it’s going to have too much bearing on the games.
“I’m pretty sure Southend aren’t going into it thinking they’ve beaten us twice this season so have just got to turn up and do it again.
“At the same time we know they’re a good side and we’ll be respectful of that.
“They’ve finished the season very, very strongly but I don’t think that’s going to have a huge effect in these games.”
Rowett agrees that there are similarities between Southend and Burton, two hard-working outfits who have relied more on graft than individual brilliance to reach the play-offs.
“In some ways we’re similar,” he said. “We’re both very honest teams who work very hard and both want to use a little bit of athleticism.
“If you look at most teams in League Two, all the sides in the play-offs, York are a very honest side, hard-working.
“Fleetwood are maybe the side out of the four who are a little bit different.
“I don’t think what’s led up to or preceded these games is going to have too much bearing.
“It’s going to be the little moments in the games you need to make sure you manage and get on your side.
“We’re very, very much looking forward to the games and are positive about them.
“We think that we’re good enough.
“We’ve shown that this season with the one-off games we’ve played against better sides, away from home or at home, that we’re more than capable of winning these games but we realise as well how hard we’re going to have to work for that.”