BURTON Albion could use the 4-5-1 shape they employed against Derby County when they face Wigan in the League Cup.
The Brewers have set up in their usual 4-4-2 formation throughout pre-season but when they faced a full-strength Rams side on Tuesday night, boss Gary Rowett switched to a system with a lone striker.
Even though Albion lost 1-0, it worked well and may get another run-out when Championship promotion hopefuls Wigan come to the Pirelli Stadium in two weeks in the first round of the League Cup.
"We've played 4-4-2 all pre-season so far and felt we needed to look at something else," said the Albion boss.
"We felt that last season at times we would go to it (4-5-1) as a plan B, but occasionally in a game we couldn't do that. So we wanted to look at it in a game now.
"We might need to use that against Wigan in the second game, in the Capital One Cup.
"Again, it's nice to have options and I thought that at times we did it well.
"If it was against a League Two opponent then I think we would probably have created lots more chances."
Stuart Beavon was the lone striker on Tuesday night and performed the role well until his withdrawal after 56 minutes.
Rowett was pleased with the tricky frontman, who showed good touches on the ball and the ability to bring team-mates into the game with intelligent passing.
"You saw how potent we can look in those attacking areas," said Rowett. "I thought Bev first half was fantastic up front on his own.
"He never gives anything up and always plays with a bit of awareness and quality and the others ran off him.
"Robbie (Weir) also looks very sharp at the minute and runs into some fantastic positions."