Gary Rowett ready to freshen up side
GARY Rowett looks set to freshen up his Burton Albion side for tonight's game at Aldershot Town – having avoided the temptation to change a winning team earlier in the season.
"I think I have to think about changing it now," said the Burton manager.
"We have two long trips this week and then there's a Saturday-Monday coming up too.
"I've said all along that we will need everybody in the run-in and perhaps now's the time to prove it.
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"What you hope could happen is that, if someone comes in, they will bust a gut to stay in the side, so you get a good performance."
Rowett waited until the 92nd minute to make any substitutions during Saturday's 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town and says he was mindful of the fact that the Brewers had conceded two goals late in each of the previous two home games, after making changes – although they did win both.
"We play at such a tempo and I think people forget that it can be difficult for someone to come off the bench and adjust to that tempo straightaway," said Rowett.
"It was going very well on Saturday, so I decided to leave it."
Doubts for tonight's game are striker Billy Kee and winger Jacques Maghoma, who both picked up knocks on Saturday.
Aldershot are one of only two sides to beat Burton at the Pirelli Stadium this season, scoring an early goal and defending it efficiently, but they have struggled for much of the campaign and sacked manager Dean Holdsworth in February.
They have since gone six games unbeaten under new manager Andy Scott, the former Rotherham boss – drawing four of those – but have reported a string of injury problems ahead of tonight's game, not least with goalkeeper Jamie Young going off with concussion in the second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Bradford City.