GARY Rowett has to decide whether to sign his SIXTH goalkeeper of the season ahead of Burton Albion’s League Two clash with Aldershot Town at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Brewers boss had to give summer signing Dean Lyness, left, his first full outing in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Dagenham & Redbridge after on-loan Mark Oxley was ruled out by a broken hand.
The 21-year-old signed from Kidderminster Harriers had a somewhat nervy debut and gave away a first-half penalty to leave the Brewers boss with plenty of food for thought.
Rowett said: “We’re not having an awful lot of luck on the keeper front.
“We’ll review the DVD and see how we think Dean did over the course of the game.
“It would be lovely to think he might be able to solve our problem, but that might be asking an awful lot of him at the moment.
“The one thing you can say is that we won the game with him in the side and I won’t be afraid to put him in there on Tuesday night.”
Albion began the season with Lyness as No 2 to Derby County loanee Ross Atkins, but the latter’s unreliable form prompted Rowett to sign former Port Vale stopper Stuart Tomlinson on a short-term deal
Tomlinson was in the throes of negotiating a longer contract when he ruptured knee ligaments near the end of the 1-1 draw with his former club on October 23.
Lyness took over for the closing minutes of that game but Rowett brought in Oxley on loan from Hull City in time for the next match against Bradford City.
The Brewers boss also took the precaution of registering veteran goalkeeper coach Kevin Poole as additional cover.
Now Oxley needs an operation and could be out for eight weeks after being hurt in Thursday’s FA Cup replay at Altrincham – an injury Albion kept quiet until they handed in the team-sheet for the Dagenham game.
Atkins has now recovered from a side strain and was back on the bench against Dagenham, but Rowett is effectively back where he began the season in terms of keepers.
Meanwhile, the Brewers boss hailed a happy return to the starting line-up for Billy Kee, who scored a brilliant 79th minute winner against the Daggers.
Kee’s goal came only a minute after Sam Williams had levelled the scores for the Londoners.
The visitors had taken a first-half lead after Lyness managed to keep out Michael Spillane’s penalty but could not prevent Dwight Gayle from tapping in the loose ball.
Albion hit back with two goals in quick succession early in the second half through full-back Damien McCrory – his first for the club against his former employers – and substitute Matt Paterson, who had replaced injured top scorer Calvin Zola.
Rowett said “I wanted to play Billy on Thursday but I decided in the end to save him for today.
“He was absolutely immense and his goal was fantastic. It gave us the chance to kick back quickly (after the equaliser) and put them on the back foot.
“That was important and we showed amazing professionalism at the end to see the game out by keeping the ball in the corners.”
Rowett was jubilant at a result that put his side only three points off the automatic promotion places.
He said: “Considering how little time there was between the games, I thought we did sensationally well and I would say it was our biggest result of our season so far.
“We’ve had literally a day to recover and I could see our legs were starting to a go a little bit.
“Losing Calvin so early in the game was another big turning point, but we’ve shown we have character in abundance.
“We could have been 3-0 up after about 25 minutes and probably could have scored six.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t take those chances and then to go a goal down was unfortunate for young Dean, who had an excellent afternoon but for that one moment.
“He said he got a little bit of the ball but we never going to get an awful lot of help from the officials.
“We had a situation where Matt Paterson was barged off the ball and it (a penalty) wasn’t given.
“It’s that lack of consistency that sometimes confuses us managers.
“We were up against it, but I thought we came up with a magnificent performance given the circumstances.”
Albion are awaiting a doctor’s report on Zola who came off with a head injury in the 21st minute.
“Calvin was dazed and didn’t quite know where he was,” said Rowett. “We’re hoping it won’t be officially designated as concussion because I think that means a mandatory 10-day lay-off.”