GARY Rowett wants to see more adventure from his Burton Albion side.
The Brewers boss thinks his men may have become too cautious of late as they suffered back-to-back defeats at home.
Along with a higher tempo, Rowett is keen for more endeavour going forward.
“I don’t think we’ve started games terribly – we’re being a little bit cautious perhaps,” he said.
“I think in some ways we’re being a little bit cautious as a whole.
“It’s not intentional but as a team we’ve not quite been full blooded enough.
“I mentioned it after Saturday, the tempo is not quite there.
“At the minute, because perhaps there’s a bit more pressure on us to perform at home, it’s making the players cagey and edgy.
“We’ve got to come out of the blocks quicker.”
Rowett would like his strikers to dictate the tempo in matches by chasing from the first whistle.
This, he feels, can set the right tone for the rest of a match.
“It’s a collective thing,” he said. “If the ball goes forward into space and you see strikers chasing it, everyone else chases after them.
“I’m a great believer the tempo can be dictated by the forwards chasing the first two balls of the game and closing down.
“They can turn poor balls into good balls.
“At times that makes it easier for people to chase into forward areas.
“With the likes of Chris Hussey in the team, he give you natural width and very positive running at the defenders.
“Undoubtedly, it puts the opposition under a little bit of pressure.
“It’s something we’ve tried to do better but at the minute we haven’t been starting as brightly as we have done.”
A lack of snap is nothing new.
The Brewers found themselves in a similar position last season and Rowett is not too worried at the recent dip.
“At this stage last season we were the same – there was a performance at home to Fleetwood (1-0 defeat) and at Rotherham (3-0 defeat) which were similar,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s not an intentional thing.
“At home, the first goal is crucial.
“If you can score first it puts the opposition under so much pressure.”
BURTON Albion Independent Supporters’ Club have seats available on their coach to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
The coach leaves the Beacon Hotel, in Tutbury Road, at 10.30am.
Bookings are also being taken for a coach to Wycombe on October 5.
More information is available by telephoning John on 07826 230365.