Rowett wants to see Sunday best as Albion seek a return to early form
GARY Rowett wants Burton Albion to rediscover their early-season home form when they take on Accrington Stanley at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
The Brewers return to League Two action seeking to bounce back from two defeats – although they were outstanding in winning 1-0 at Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup second round last week.
The 1-0 defeat to Aldershot the last time they were at the Pirelli was much less impressive – and it is a performance the Burton manager wants to banish from his memory.
"We didn't do too much wrong in losing at Wycombe before Zander Diamond's sending-off took the game out of our hands," said Rowett.
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"The Aldershot defeat was the poor one. On the whole, though, we have been pretty good at home.
"As I've said before, we've done well in the cups and we're only two points outside the play-off places after 20 games, so, given that we're trying to build something sustainable here, that's a good position.
"Perhaps now, though, it's time to take the shackles off a bit at home and go for it.
"We put a lot of emphasis on being solid early in the season and maybe not enough on the attacking side.
"But it's not about formations, it's about how we approach it. I want to get back to the Oxford and York performances."
Burton thrashed Oxford United 4-0 and over-powered York City 3-1 in successive matches at home over a four-day spell in September.
"Those performances were based on hard work first – and the attacking bits came from that," said Rowett.
"I also hope the crowd can help us. I know these are difficult times and gates have been down but it's up to the players to give the crowd something to shout about.
"Largely, they've been great so far. The away fans at Crewe were brilliant and it would be good to get a bit more of that at home."
As he seeks a line-up to cause Accrington problems, it looks likely that Rowett will hand right-winger Cleveland Taylor another chance to impress.
Taylor has struggled to recapture the form which made him such a favourite in two loan spells at Burton before he signed permanently and the right side of midfield has given Rowett his biggest headache so far this season.
Chris Palmer, Jack Dyer and Jordan Chapell (who has returned to parent club Sheffield United) have all been tried, as well as Taylor.
"We've played four out there and no-one's been consistently good," said Rowett.
"I'm really looking for someone to take that position by the horns."
Up front, Matt Paterson will be ruled out by a groin strain and Billy Kee is likely to partner Calvin Zola – although Rowett hinted that Justin Richards could earn a recall at some point.
"Justin has not featured much but he has shown a real hunger in the last two weeks and he's pushing Billy hard for a spot," added Rowett.