GARY Rowett says Burton Albion need to be wary of Portsmouth today – despite the club’s average start to life in League Two.
Pompey, relegated last season and still in financial difficulties, have taken six points from their opening six games of 2013/14.
But Rowett has started to see an improvement in the visitors for today’s match at the Pirelli Stadium, kick-off 3pm.
“They haven’t started brilliantly,” said the Albion boss. “But if you look at the last two or three games they’ve dominated them in terms of possession and movement.
“Results so far haven’t been a fair reflection of how they’ve played. They will be a dangerous side and, of course, we’ll be fully focused as always.”
Pompey will be missing striker David Connolly as he completes a three-match ban for a sending off against Chesterfield.
Left-back Marcos Painter is doubtful with a hamstring injury, as is striker Tom Craddock (knee).
Back at Burton, Rowett is looking for his side to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season, 2-0 at home to Oxford United last week.
He is not dwelling on the result, which came after Ian Sharps was harshly red carded.
“Nothing really changes your approach,” he said. “You want to win the same, whether you’ve won, lost or drawn your last match.
“It’s always about the next game. You don’t dwell on what’s happened the game before. If you look at the Oxford game, there wasn’t much wrong for 35 minutes and we have to take what happened on the chin.
“It went in our favour in the Rochdale game so it’s swings and roundabouts. It’s disappointing but we move on to the next game today.
“We’ve worked on one or two things we felt we could’ve done better in the first 35 minutes. That’s the main focus.
“It’s always important to bounce back from a defeat but after six games of the season I’m pleased with the way we’ve started.”