GARY Rowett reckons the stalwarts in Burton Albion’s squad will have a big role to play in the club’s bid to secure a play-off place in the League Two run-in.
Aaron Webster and John McGrath - both survivors of the club’s Conference-winning side - have endured an injury-hit and frustrating campaign so far.
However, both players, along with promising young midfielder Jack Dyer, will be needed by Rowett before the season is out.
“I think some of our experienced players will be key between now and the end of the season,” said the Brewers boss.
“One of two might feature more than they have so far because of injury or loss of form.
“I think it’s going to be important that we can call on someone like Aaron, who can play in a few positions and do a good job.
“It’s the same with John - they play in the sort of positions where you don’t want to be using really young players at this stage of the season.”
Webster, 32, has made 11 appearances this season, just three of them league starts, while McGrath, 32, has started just once after recovering from a serious foot injury.
Dyer, 21, has got on the pitch more, starting 13 games, but has been far from regular.
“They’re going to be vital between now and the end of the season,” said Rowett. “We’ve got a strong squad, and every squad in the league is going through the same thing at this time of year.
“People pick up injuries and you need that squad to back them up.
“The lads have been really professional and have kept on working hard while waiting for their chance.”
Burton will look to build on their 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon come Saturday.
On reflection, Rowett has mixed feelings on the point.
“The sensible side of me thinks it’s a point gained,” said the Brewers boss. “But I think the emotional side of me thinks we were having a good five or 10 minute spell before the sending-off and I knew how the game would work out (with us getting on top late on).
“We then couldn’t take the win and we were disappointed about that but pleased we held on so comfortably in the end.
“We’ve got some tough home games to play and we’re going to need to keep picking up points away from home.
“If we win three or four of our home games and pick up three or four away draws we aren’t going to be a million miles away.”