Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett hopes point at Oxford can be a springboard to better away form
WITH the transfer window out of the way, Burton Albion turn their attention to trying to take the next step in improving their away form.
They visit League Two bottom club Wimbledon tomorrow aiming to build on the 1-1 draw at Oxford United on Tuesday which broke a run of four away defeats and lifted them to third in the table.
Manager Gary Rowett was pleased with the outcome after he reverted to a 4-4-2 line-up on the road and gave a start to Matt Paterson, who has spent much of the season on the bench.
"We deliberated over it a lot but I really wanted to play 4-4-2," said Rowett.
"When we've played 4-4-2 away and it's worked, Pato has usually played, so we thought he deserved the chance. Billy Kee is a team player and he accepted that – he also gave us a real impact off the bench. He changed the game when he came on.
"It doesn't mean we've suddenly solved everything but all the players recognised it could be a springboard.
"I think they realise we need to work that bit harder away from home."
Burton equalised within a minute of centre-half Zander Diamond being sent up front with 20 minutes left.
"That was a manager's dream!" said Rowett.
"But it wasn't quite as pre-planned as that. I would like to take full credit for it but it was (assistant) Kevin Summerfield's idea.
"Now they all fancy a go! After the game, they came back in and this Scouse twang (centre-half Ian Sharps) said 'you do know I can do that as well!'"