19:23 Tuesday 28 January 2014

Away fixture pile-up needs watching says Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett

Written byTOM SLOAN

MINDFUL . . . Gary Rowett is keeping an eye on the fixture list as his Burton Albion side face a lot of away trips during the run-in. Tonights game at Torquay fell victim to the weather, with no escape as seen at the Pirelli on Saturday (pictured) MINDFUL . . . Gary Rowett is keeping an eye on the fixture list as his Burton Albion side face a lot of away trips during the run-in. Tonights game at Torquay fell victim to the weather, with no escape as seen at the Pirelli on Saturday (pictured)

GARY Rowett is mindful of the fact his promotion-chasing Burton Albion side face a difficult League Two run-in with more games away from home than at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Brewers will have played 16 of their 23 home games after Saturday’s clash with Exeter.

But they have only played 12 of 23 away matches after tonight’s visit to Torquay was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

While Albion have generally been better away from home this season, their home form – Saturday’s 4-2 defeat against Fleetwood aside – has been on the up.

“We find ourselves in a position where we’ve got more away games than home games,” said the manager.

“It’s not an issue in some ways because we’ve actually got a better away record, but we need to be mindful of playing a lot of away games in the run-in.”

Burton’s visit to Torquay was called off earlier today after referee Brendan Malone conducted a pitch inspection at 3pm and ruled the ground unplayable.

It came just three days after Albion’s home clash with Fleetwood was delayed for an hour by a storm which left patches of the Pirelli pitch under water.

The Brewers, who reached Exeter before having to turn around yesterday, also suffered a postponement on January 4, when their game at Bournemouth in the FA Cup fell victim to the rains.

“At least this time it was called off earlier so the fans won’t have travelled,” said the manager.

“It’s not ideal but that’s the way it goes.

“The only issue for me is we’ve still got to go down there later in the season.

“The conditions can also make a game more of a lottery and I’d rather the conditions be good for the players.”

Albion have yet to visit Torquay, Morecambe, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers, Oxford, Portsmouth, Scunthorpe, York, Northampton, Newport and Southend before the end of the season.

They have already enjoyed excellent wins at Fleetwood, Accrington, Wycombe, Chesterfield, Exeter and Plymouth – but Rowett knows the Brewers need as many points as possible from their remaining home games to take the pressure off some tough looking trips.

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