GARY Rowett has warned his Burton Albion FA Cup glory hunters to expect a Leicester City backlash tomorrow.
The Brewers make a return visit to the King Power Stadium less than five months after a marauding display in the Capital One Cup produced one of the best results in the club’s history.
Foxes fans were stunned into silence as goals from Chris Palmer, Leicester-born Cleveland Taylor, Robbie Weir and Jacques Maghoma powered Albion to an unlikely 4-2 defeat of the Championship side.
This time around, Rowett is expecting City to come out with all guns blazing in the third round tie, kick-off 3pm, as they seek emphatic revenge for a night of humiliation.
The Brewers boss said: “I’m expecting Leicester to be very focused because of what happened in the last game.
“Nigel Pearson is a vastly experienced manager and he’ll be a lot wiser and knowledgable about us.
“He won’t want to lose to us again — he’ll want to spank us.”
Albion will be attempting to reach the fourth round for only the second time in their history after shocking Middlesbrough at the same stage two years ago before bowing out against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Rowett said: “We’ll just go there with the same approach as we adopted in August and see what we can get out of the game.
“No-one is expecting us to beat them again - but then I don’t think many people would have predicted the outcome of the first game.
“It’s nice to have a break from the rigours of a lot of League football in a short space of time and there will no pressure on us.
“After already winning at Sheffield United, Leicester and Crewe in the cups this season, it’s not a game we need to worry about.
“We’ll just go there to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the occasion because it’s fantastic to be involved on third round day.
“If Leicester don’t play with the right commiment and we do, then you never know what might happen.
“But it’s still a great opportunity for the lads to showcase themselves on a big stage. I know one or two players are really looking forward to it.
Rowett admitted the odds are heavily against a repeat victory for his men.
He said: “I think it’s going to be an even bigger challenge for us than it was in August because the element of surprise won’t be as big a factor.
“Our away form in the league has not been brilliant - we saw another example of that at York on Tuesday - and we’re still trying to work out why we’ve done so well when it comes to cup games.
“Maybe it’s something to do with a greater sense of anticipation and movitation because when we’ve gone to places like Barnet, Wycombe and York we haven’t shown the same killer instinct.”