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Rowett aims to go back to the future

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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GARY Rowett is hoping Burton Albion can tomorrow repeat one of the best results of predecessor Paul Peschisolido’s reign as manager.

The Brewers face League Two form team Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium, kick-off 3pm, with rich memories of their last visit to the £13m stadium.

Albion were massive underdogs as the Spireites marched towards the title but came away 2-1 winners — and went on to beat the North Derbyshire side twice more in the 2010/11 campaign.

Rowett, who was Albion’s No 2 at the time, recalled: “We went up there with a game plan that worked brilliantly and hopefully we can do something similar this time.”

Both clubs have gone through managerial and big squad changes since Albion’s last visit, but Rowett still hopes the spirit of that occasion can be recaptured.

He said: “The objective will be to give Chesterfield a problem just as we did the last time we went there.

“I think we went with a 4-2-3-1 formation and they couldn’t handle it, and the challenge will be to come up with something that works just as well from our perspective.

“I don’t think we can now read too much into the last game there because both clubs have different managers and have gone through a lot changes in personnel.

“But we can take encouragement from the fact that it is possible to go to a difficult place and get a good result.

“We did it at Crewe a couple of weeks ago in the FA Cup and we’ll try to find a way to make it just as hard for Chesterfield.”

The Spireites failed to survive their first season as League One club and the legacy of relegation was a poor start to the current campaign.

However, they are enjoying something of a renaissance since recruiting manager Paul Cook from Accrington Stanley and now sit only one point and one place behind the Brewers, who climbed to ninth by beating the Chesterfield boss’s former club on Sunday.

Rowett said: “It is going to be another difficult challenge for us because Chesterfield have really picked up since Paul Cook took charge.

“They’ve won four games on the spin and they’re a big club with big expectations.”

Albion have picked up only 11 points in 10 games on the road this season - a sharp contrast to their excellent away record in cup ties - and Rowett admits it is an area they need to improve.

He said: “Our away record is certainly not horrendous, but I admit it could be better.

“We need to tweak things a little bit and I think the Crewe game was possibly an example of where we need to be.

“We never deliberately go into games with the intention of being defensive, but at the same time we’ve lost games by going out an trying to attack teams.

“Earlier in the season, we lost at both Rotherham and Exeter 3-0 yet we were the better team in the first half of both of those games.

“That tells you we were conceding too many goals and leaving ourselves with too much to do.

“We’ve certainly tightened things up in that respect, but we do need to find the right balance because six away goals (in League Two) is not enough.”

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