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Wembley? Normal service for Gary Rowett and Burton Albion!

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

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GARY Rowett will treat Burton Albion’s trip to Wembley for the League Two play-off final no differently to any other game.

The Brewers face Fleetwood on Monday in the biggest game in the club’s history – but there will be no special travelling arrangements, no suits and no families with the players before the match.

“The way we’ve prepared is like it’s just another game – I know it isn’t just another game but that’s how we’re viewing it,” said Rowett.

“We won’t go down three days before, we won’t be wearing white suits – we’ll be the same as normal and I think that way the players will be as focused as possible.

“We don’t wear suits for away games, so we’re not going to wear suits for Wembley.

“All of those things are aimed at keeping it as normal as possible.

“We’re not having the families travelling with the players or meeting them on the day, anything which could detract from the focus.

“We want to win the game, that’s it.”

Zeli Ismail is touch and go for the match and was last night having a fitness test at Wolves to judge whether his hamstring has healed.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, meanwhile, has not trained all week after getting through 90 minutes at Southend with his sore Achilles.

Rowett is being careful to guard against using half-fit players on the big Wembley pitch in such a big game.

“It’d be fantastic if both of them are fit, it’d be wonderful, but what we need to make sure is that we don’t end up with players so desperate to play that the last 15 minutes we have to make changes,” he said.

“The ones that come in, who will be desperate to come in, you won’t need to seek extra motivation to play well in a game of this magnitude.

“So I think all the players are up for it.

“We’ve had a really good week of training so far and we’ve managed to retain the focus with such things going on.

“We’re still working the whole week towards the game - it’s just another game to the players.

“It’s a big game, it’s a great game and we’re very much looking forward to it.

“But ultimately we don’t want to let everything else externally get in the way of the players’ focus.

“We’ll prepare exactly like we would for a normal away game.”

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