GARY Rowett has praised an increasingly vocal section of Burton Albion fans who are shouting the Brewers on to new heights in League Two.
A group of Albion die-hards behind the goal in the Don Amott Stand are bellowing themselves hoarse and creating some atmosphere in the Pirelli Stadium.
And it has not gone unnoticed by the manager ahead of today’s home clash with Northampton Town, kick-off 3pm.
“The fans have always been very supportive,” said Rowett. “But in recent weeks the singing behind the goal has been really appreciated.
“It adds to the atmosphere.
“I want to say a big thank you, at this time of year particularly.
“It’s really adding to the melting pot of home games.
“There’s about 50 or 60 fans continually singing for me and the team.
“They were there at Hartlepool as well, and other away games.
“They try to create a real party atmosphere.”
While loyal, Albion fans are not the noisiest but that seems to be gradually changing as the club becomes an established Football League outfit.
Rowett says the noise really helps the players as they look to seal a spot in the top seven and again challenge for promotion to League One.
“I really appreciate their efforts and it really makes a difference,” he said.
“People will say it’s just managers spouting off, but it makes a difference to the players.
“I always found it in games when I was a player.
“You want to give the fans something to shout about and you take their support on board.
“Our job is to get the crowd excited.
“They all come with great expectations of seeing a good game.
“There are certain points in games and certain times when players need to crowd to lift them.
“As a player, you can feel that.
“It gives you that extra little bit of momentum to push forward a little bit more.
“If you’re having a great time on the pitch, then that’s great.
“But if it’s not going quite to plan then you need them to help you out.
“And it’s been really noticeable of late.”
The Brewers will be looking for a fifth home win of the season today when bottom club Northampton visit.
They then host Newport County on Sunday before a trip to Mansfield on New Year’s Day.
Four points off top spot, Albion could start 2014 in the automatic promotion places should they continue to build on their seven-match unbeaten run.