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Powell on Burton and the possibility of making changes

2 October 2018

Chris Powell said the busy schedule of games could force his hand into a handful of changes for tonight’s game at Burton Albion.

Blues take on the Brewers 72 hours after Saturday’s 3-2 win at Wycombe hoping to win their third successive game, having lost three on the spin before that.

And the Blues boss doesn’t want to upset the rhythm his side have found but could be tempted to make ‘one or two’ changes.

“Maybe a little bit, but the players are getting to such a good place now after a tough time where confidence ebbs away. Their togetherness was brilliant and their spirit as well because they knew they were close.

“When you look at our stats, we were producing and creating chances. If you’re not doing that then you’ve got no chance of winning a game.

“So we knew that we were close and we needed to convert them. With the strikers converting them against Wycombe then you think they’re in a good place.

“You want to keep the team fresh, you want energy. It’s a big thing in this league to have players that can cover the ground and handle three games in a week.

“There has to be a balance because too many changes can upset what has been working well.

“We’ve got a very important game against Burton and another very important game at the weekend and the Checkatrade as well.

“It’s a real test of your energy levels and concentration so it’s something we’re going to look at whether we change one or two or none at all.”

The Brewers have had a good start to life back in League One and are on a stretch of losing just once in seven games, and Powell added that the trip to the Pirelli Stadium will be a big test for his players.

“Nigel knows what he’s doing at this level. He’s been successful with them and been there a long time before he moved away and went back.

“They’ve had a bit of a turnaround with regards to their additions, but they know what they’re doing, especially at home.

“They’ve settled on a way of playing and just like anyone in this division we have to make sure defensively we’re ready but we have to do our best to impress our game on them.”


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