DEAN Lyness is set to get another chance to prove he can solve Burton Albion’s goalkeeping problem.
The summer signing from Kidderminster Harriers had to be called up for his full debut in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Dagenham & Redbridge after on-loan Mark Oxley was ruled out by a broken hand.
And, despite giving away a penalty, Brewers boss Gary Rowett believes the 21-year-old did well enough to keep his place against Aldershot Town in tonight’s League Two clash at the Pirelli Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.
Rowett has the option of trying to add to this season’s list of keepers, which also includes Derby County loanee Ross Atkins and Stuart Tomlinson, who is likely to be out of action until late in the campaign after rupturing knee ligaments.
However, the Brewers boss said: “I think Dean deserves another opportunity to show what he’s about.”
Lyness handed Dagenham the lead when his rash challenge resulted in a spot-kick, but goalkeeper coach Kevin Poole has given the thumbs-up on other aspects of the youngster’s performance.
Rowett said: “Pooley has watched the DVD of the game and the only real issue was the penalty, where Dean has admitted he could have done better.
“That was obviously one of the talking points of the game, but people have probably forgotten he held three or four crosses under pressure, made a double save soon after Dagenham’s first goal and also kicked the ball well.
“As I’ve said before, the plan this season was always to bring in Dean and bed him in as one for the future, but the circumstances have created the opportunity for him to show he can make the step up earlier in his career.”
Rowett is less sure of top scorer Calvin Zola’s chances of making the starting line-up against the Shots.
Zola came off dazed after a clash of heads in the first half of Saturday’s game and is rated as only 50-50.
The Brewers boss said: “Calvin didn’t lose conciousness on Saturday, which means he’s not subject to a mandatory period out of the team, but we need the club doctor to check him over before we make a decision.
“What I’ve always found with Calvin is that he needs to feel fully fit in himself to get the best out of him.
“Calvin came in for training as usual after the weekend and said he didn’t feel too bad, but I still think we’ve got to regard him as doubtful.”
Matt Paterson, who replaced Zola on Saturday and scored Albion’s second goal, will almost certainly partner Billy Kee if Rowett does have to make a change up front.
Rowett could resist the temptation to make other changes despite this being Albion’s third game in six days following Thursday’s FA Cup replay win at Altrincham and the defeat of the Daggers.
He said: “We needed to make a couple of changes on Saturday, but the circumstances are slightly different this week.
“We’re back in our normal routine and players have had a bit more time to recover.”
The visit of Aldershot and Saturday’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers on paper gives the Brewers a gilt-edged chance to pile up more points and put them in a stronger position to challenge for promotion in the second half of the season.
However, Rowett sounded a note of caution when he said: “There are no pushovers in this division.
“In the case of Aldershot, I think they’ve done better away than at home this season and they got a decent point at Wimbledon on Saturday.
“I’m sure (manager) Dean Holdsworth will be drumming into his team that they’ve given themselves the chance to turn the corner.”
Aldershot are only a point off the bottom but are unbeaten in their last three away games, having won at Southend United and shared the spoils at Dagenham and Wimbledon.
TICKETS for Albion’s FA Cup second round tie away to Crewe Alexandra a week on Saturday have gone on sale at the Pirelli Stadium.
There are different prices for Albion season ticket holders and non-season ticket holders.†
Prices for season ticket holders are £16 (adults), £13 (over 60s), £7 (12-16 years) and £4 (under-11s).
Non-season ticket holders will pay £20, £16, £9.50 and £5.50 respectively.
Season ticket holders must provide their special match voucher C from their ticket book when purchasing their tickets.
Tickets will be on sale at the Pirelli Stadium until noon on Friday, November 30.
Tickets will also be available to both categories on the day of the game at Gresty Road.
ALBION are taking bookings for official coaches to Crewe, departing the Pirelli Stadium at 12.30pm.
The fare is £7.50 and seats can be booked by telephoning 01283 565938.