Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett challenges his players to keep up pace
GARY Rowett has challenged his Burton Albion players to maintain their momentum as an unlikely promotion bid gathers pace.
The Brewers are at home to Morecambe tonight (7.45pm) looking to consolidate third place in League Two after a six-game unbeaten run.
They have won their last three matches against teams involved in the promotion race with them but Rowett, handed the permanent manager's job in the summer after the departure of Paul Peschi-solido, continues to deflect pressure from his squad.
"We've set ourselves up in a terrific position and the challenge for the players now is: can we maintain it?" he said.
"If we can, we'll see where that takes us at the end of the season but I still say there is no pressure on us.
"There is pressure on other clubs around us who have spent a lot of money, who are perhaps bigger clubs and where there was a lot of expectation for them to be challenging to go up.
"That wasn't the case for us at the start of the season."
Rowett admits he is conscious that a flat performance may be around the corner.
"That's always on my mind, especially because we play a high-energy game," he said.
"I like to plan ahead, so I'm always looking for a sense of how players are thinking.
"I haven't seen any signs of complacency or tiredness and maybe you start looking for something that isn't there."
"But it's difficult to keep doing what they're doing.
"We sensed on Friday in training that they were just a little flat at the start of the session and we tried to preempt it. It wasn't a lack of focus, though.
"We are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and that isn't going to disappear overnight."
Burton have no injury concerns for tonight's game. Goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson took a slight knock on Saturday but is expected to be fit.