06:00 Monday 24 February 2014

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett wants to build momentum over next two games

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GARY Rowett is hoping to get back to winning ways at Torquay tomorrow night after Friday’s disappointment at Bristol Rovers.

The Brewers went down 2-0 at the Memorial Stadium after a flat performance against the Gas.

Now, Albion travel once more to south west – and Rowett wants three points ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Accrington.

“Certainly we’ll be going down to Torquay to see if we can get something out of the game there and then use that as a springboard to go and win our home game against Accrington,” he said.

“That’s it – it’s about winning games.

“We gave the players Saturday and Sunday off – they needed a breather to recharge their batteries and get ready to kick on.

“We’ve still got lots of games coming up and I think at the moment the conditions make the games heavy and hard.

“Training is quite heavy and hard and it takes a lot out of your legs.

“These journeys don’t help but we’ve got to make sure that we navigate them.”

Rowett is keeping Friday’s defeat – a first on the road in 2014 – in perspective.

Albion are still well in the promotion race sat in sixth spot and are only five points off the automatic promotion places.

Saturday’s results could have gone much worse, with Fleetwood and Chesterfield both losing and Southend and Oxford both getting draws.

“We’ll have a look at the table after the weekend and we’ll be in exactly the same position, whatever happens,” said Rowett.

“It’s a bit cliched, but if you’d told me after last season after 32 games or whatever it is, we’d be in this position I’d have been quite happy.

“Look at how Northampton have coped and look at how Cheltenham have coped (the season after reaching the play-offs.

“We’ve got a lot to shout about.

“Sometimes you raise expectations and everyone is almost disappointed when you come to Bristol and lose.

“What I would say is that’s the best we’ve done at Bristol over the last three games! (after 7-1 and 3-0 defeats).

“I’ll be really, really looking forward to the next trip here - it’s my favourite place in the world at the moment!”

For tomorrow night, Damien McCrory should be back in contention after missing Friday’s defeat with a dead leg.

Michael Symes (knee) will not be pushed too soon.

“We’ve only got Symesy out and Damo I think possibly will be available,” said Rowett.

“I don’t see any reason why Damo won’t be okay.

“It’ll only be Symesy out and I don’t think he’ll be quite ready to come in, just because he hasn’t trained enough.

“I don’t think bodies are our issue. We let Zander go out in the week and we’re okay in those positions.

“So, really it’s a case of can we score more goals and create more chances?”

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