GARY Rowett admits his Burton Albion side might not be as flashy as last season but thinks he could have assembled a more consistent set of players.
The Brewers could be frustrating at times as they reached the League Two play-offs in 2012/13, with brilliant performances sometimes followed by under-par displays.
Rowett thinks he may have moulded a more steady and dependable line-up as he looks to go one better and lead Albion into League One.
“Last season we could be magical one day and dismal the next and it’s difficult to manage that,” said the Albion boss, whose side face Bury at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon, kick-off 3pm.
“This season we might not be quite as brilliant with the players we’ve lost –though I think we might surprise one or two – but we’ve got team players flourishing in a good set-up and we’ll see how that pans out.
“We’re trying to be a better team and we’ve started well, but we still haven’t played amazingly well yet.”
The Brewers managed not to embark upon any disastrous runs of defeats as they reached the play-offs and Rowett wants his side to again display the same kind of resilience.
“What we did do well last season was bounce back when we did lose and didn’t get on any long runs of defeats,” he said. “And this season there’s a little bit more toughness about us.
“We’ve tried to get players in who can give us that for 90 minutes, whether it be Bury at home or Accrington away.
“Every single game is the same - you just can’t take anyone lightly in this division.
“You’ve got to make sure you’re on your game.
“We saw that last season - whenever you think you’ve got a gimme you end up losing.”
Rowett thinks Bury, newly relegated from League One, will be a force this season after a summer spending spree which has seen players such as former Sunderland midfielder Tommy Miller and ex-Derby County defender Gareth Roberts arrive at Gigg Lane.
Ex-Fleetwood Town right-back Shaun Beeley is another signing who caught the eye when he played against Burton last season.
“They are a known quantity - I think they’ll be a good team looking at the players who have come in,” said Rowett.
“Kevin (Blackwell) is an experienced coach and manager and has been in the game a long time, certainly a lot longer than I have.
“He’s brought in the likes of Tommy Miller and one or two others of real quality in the summer.
“Last season may have been very disappointing for them with the financial problems they had and relegation, but this summer he’s been able to recruit in the way he wants.”