DEAN Lyness will get a chance to show what he can do in goal for Burton Albion after Jordan Pickford went back to Sunderland for treatment on a knee injury.
Lyness put in a near faultless display for the Brewers as they beat Fleetwood Town 3-2 away on Saturday.
The 22-year-old keeper only found out he was playing on Friday after Pickford returned to the Stadium of Light – and Albion boss Gary Rowett was pleased with his performance.
“I thought he did very well on Saturday,” he said. “He’s now got an opportunity to carry on and take his chance.
“Mats (Morch) will give him some good back-up after coming in on loan from Derby.
“The key thing for me in all of this is it’s an opportunity for someone else.”
Rowett says that Lyness, a former Birmingham City trainee, deserves his chance after patiently waiting in line behind Stuart Tomlinson and, latterly, Pickford.
“I’ve spoken to Dean about it and he’s waited patiently to get a chance,” said the Brewers boss.
“I said when Jordan came in that I could understand his disappointment, but I told him we needed competition.
“I also told him he would get his chance eventually – and that’s all he wants.
“I think this will be an opportunity for him.”
Rowett has always backed Lyness as a technically sound keeper – and thinks that games in League Two can help him to improve.
“If you work with Dean every day and see him around the building, nothing really gets him flapping,” he said.
“He’s a really quiet, calm lad.
“He’s proved in the last few months that he’s technically as good as any keeper we’ve had in the last two years.
“There are little things we need him to work on, like all young keepers - game sense and knowing when to come out, and when to slow his kicks down.
“That comes with games.
“But he’s improved all the time in these aspects and hasn’t done an awful lot wrong.”
Pickford, meanwhile, is undergoing treatment on a minor tear in his knee and the door is not shut for a return to the Pirelli Stadium at some point.
“I’ve asked Sunderland to keep me in the loop with his progress,” said Rowett. “He’ll be out for a month or so.
“It’s not a serious injury, but he’s a young keeper with fantastic potential and they want to make sure it doesn’t get any worse.”