05:59 Saturday 04 January 2014

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett widens search for goals

Written byTOM SLOAN

ANYTHING BUT WIDE OF THE MARK . . . Jacques Maghoma netted 18 goals from the left flank for Burton Albion last season ANYTHING BUT WIDE OF THE MARK . . . Jacques Maghoma netted 18 goals from the left flank for Burton Albion last season

BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett could move to sign a winger in the January transfer window as he looks for more goals from out wide.

The Brewers are currently second in the League Two table as they travel to face Championship outfit Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round today, kick-off 3pm.

Their push for honours has been based on a solid defence which has conceded just 22 goals in the first 24 league matches.

However, Albion have scored just 27 and the manager wants that figure to start rising more quickly.

“We need to score more goals – we know that,” he said. “We aren’t going to keep clean sheets forever.”

Billy Kee and Adam McGurk have netted seven times each in League Two, but after them the next highest scorers are Robbie Weir and Phil Edwards, who are tied on two goals each.

The presence of Jacques Maghoma, who banged a brilliant 18 goals from the left wing in 2012/13, has been missed this time around – but Rowett thinks his current wingers could chip in with more to help the strikers out.

“There’s only really Adam and Billy that have been in the goals consistently,” said Rowett. “We’ve started to come up with goals from elsewhere recently – with Phil (Edwards) and Sharpsey (Ian Sharps) getting on the scoresheet.

“Last season we had a winger scoring 18 goals, which was a bit of an anomaly.

“But a winger should be getting you eight or nine a season.

“We haven’t got that so far, but I’d love to see them get a few - it might be a case of one or two goals giving them some confidence.”

Alex MacDonald has not scored this season, Chris Hussey has one in the league and two in the League Cup and Jimmy Phillips has broken a goal drought lasting four years with one so far in the current campaign.

“I’d like impact off the bench and impact from a wide area,” said Rowett. “We’ll see what happens over the next three or four weeks.

“It’s something we’ll need to maintain our promotion push.

“It’s in my mind.”

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