Competition in defence pleases boss
TWO clean sheets since centre-half and captain Zander Diamond has been suspended have convinced Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett that competition is doing his defenders good.
Rowett identified a need for a commanding centre-half to resolve the Brewers' defensive problems after last season and brought in former Aberdeen man Diamond.
He has been inspirational – but is halfway through a four-match ban after collecting his second red card of the season away to Wimbledon.
Marcus Holness, who had not even made the match-day squad on occasions recently, stepped back in and has been outstanding in the 2-0 win over Rotherham United and the 4-0 win at Fleetwood Town, partnering Nathan Stanton in the first of those and Ian Sharps last week.
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"Marcus had a couple of games when he wasn't at his best and he found there were plenty of people chomping at the bit for a chance to do better," said Rowett.
"We chopped and changed the centre-back pairings earlier in the season and we've had really good competition in that area.
"Earlier, we had Rob Keirnan on loan from Wigan and now we have Ian Sharps from Rotherham.
"The last two games, Marcus has come back in and been as good as anybody but it's been the same when Nathan Stanton and Aaron Webster have got back in.
"If we end up having four clean sheets with Zander out of the team, he'll be the one who has to fight to get back in."