Rowett hopes energy levels can be kept up as Burton aim to make it a festive treble
BURTON Albion will target a perfect festive programme when they take on York City at Bootham Crescent today (3pm).
The Brewers are buoyant after a 3-2 Boxing Day win over Rochdale and a comfortable 2-0 win over high-flying Southend United on Saturday.
Both those games brought Burton league doubles after they had earlier won the away games against their rivals, so they are also chasing a third successive double today.
York were beaten 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium in September in one of the Brewers' standout performances of the season.
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If they could collect another three points today, it would consolidate their place in the top seven of a very tight League Two table.
Ahead of Burton, of course, is an FA Cup third round tie at Leicester City on Saturday but manager Gary Rowett is convinced that will not deflect his players' minds from their task at York.
"I can honestly say I haven't heard the FA Cup mentioned this week," said Rowett.
"It's an odd one because this is a time of year when it's easy to forget what day it is and I don't think the Cup has entered their minds yet.
"It won't be a problem if it does, though, because they will know that if they don't play well against York, they might not be involved against Leicester.
"I am more concerned, because it's happened before, that after two good games, we might drop away from our usual energy levels.
"I don't have to tell them what to do. They all know exactly what they have to do to keep the run going but we're aware that the way we play takes a lot out of the players."
The squad were able to enjoy a full training session under the indoor dome at St George's Park yesterday, a luxury many other clubs will not have had.
Rowett takes his team north with no injury problems and says Jimmy Phillips, missing for five months with a foot injury, will make a welcome return on the bench.