BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett says tonight’s home clash with Torquay United could see roles reversed from Saturday’s glorious win against the odds at League Two leaders Chesterfield.
The Brewers put in one of their best displays under Rowett’s management to comfortably win 2-0 at the Proact Stadium after frustrating the Spireites and not allowing them space to play freely.
Tonight, they will hope to build on the victory against the Gulls at the Pirelli Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm, but could find the Devon side in an uncompromising mood.
“It’ll be no different than us going to Chesterfield and making it hard for them to play,” said the Albion boss, whose side could move up to seventh if they win.
“I don’t imagine they are going to come here and not try to make it difficult for us.
“We’ve got to break teams down and earn the right to win the game.”
Albion have not quite clicked at home this season, winning one, drawing two and losing three of their six home matches.
However, two of those defeats have come after red cards ruined Burton’s chances of winning – and Rowett is not too downcast about the level of performance at the Pirelli.
“I genuinely don’t think there’s been an awful lot wrong with the performances at home,” he said.
“There have been good reasons for us not winning.
“Looking at the games so far, I’m wondering how we lost four out of the 12, but I’m not too disappointed with our start.”
Tonight, Billy Kee returns from suspension and could go straight back into the side.
Alex MacDonald (rib) and Rory Delap (hamstring) are both doubtful, while Jimmy Phillips has a sore toe and Michael Symes has been ill.
Albion used Adam McGurk as a lone striker against Chesterfield, so someone will have to drop out of midfield to allow Kee back in.
Rowett will think long and hard before making any changes.
“Chesterfield away is completely different to Torquay at home in terms of how teams are set up,” he said.
“We’ll do what we always do and look to what we think is most appropriate for the game - that’s all we do.
“Primarily, we’ve played 4-4-2 at home, first with one target man, then with two target men and now with no target men at all.
“We’re trying to slowly evolve a little bit and are trying to change what we did last season.”