GARY Rowett has called on his strikeforce to lead Burton Albion to FA Cup glory.
The Brewers have suffered successive League Two defeats without a goal to their name — and Rowett wants the famine to end in this afternoon’s second round tie against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, kick-off 3pm.
The Brewers boss said: “Teams live and die by the form of their strikers to a certain degree and it’s really important we start to fire on all cylinders again.”
The goals have slowly dried up on the Brewers after they came thick and fast in the opening two months of the campaign.
Their victories included a 6-2 hammering of AFC Wimbledon and a 4-0 defeat of Oxford United,
Rowett said: “It’s really important after a couple of poor results that we get back to the way we were against the likes of Wimbledon and Oxford.
“To a large extent, that will be down to the strikers and the wide players doing everything they can to finding the form we’ve seen from them in the past.”
The Brewers boss believes injuries to Calvin Zola and Billy Kee have been disruptive but acknowledged: “Generally, we’ve come away from our best form in an attacking sense.
“It’s time for the forwards to come up with the right response and kick on again because they’re vitally important to us.”
Matt Paterson is likely to miss out this afternoon after struggling to recover from a groin problem, but Rowett has plenty of attacking options at his disposal.
Zola and Kee have recently been the preferred pairing up front, with Jacques Maghoma and Chris Palmer operating out wide.
But wingers Cleveland Taylor and Jordan Chapell and striker Justin Richards are all back in the reckoning.
Taylor and Chapell impressed in a midweek reserve outing against Tranmere Rovers, while Richards has caught the eye in training.
Rowett said: “It’s a big pitch at Crewe and Jordan could possibly come back in because he’s got pace and it could suit his style.
“They same could also be said for Cleveland, who I thought did very well in the 45 minutes he played at Tranmere.
“Justin has mainly been a bit-part player this season and I left him out of the squad altogether at Wycombe last weekend.
“But he’s looked sharp in training this week.
“He’s given me a response and he’s given me food for thought because he’s looked really hungry.”