Former Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett returns to Pirelli Stadium as Brewers host Birmingham City

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Burton Albion will look to bounce back to winning ways against promotion contenders Birmingham City.

The match sees the return of former Burton boss Gary Rowett to the Pirelli stadium.

The Brewers lost 2-0 on Tuesday to Ipswich Town but current boss Nigel Clough was not disappointed with his side’s performance.

“We’ve gone to Ipswich and dominated the game. We have had around 40 shots in the last two away games which is a bit of a freak stat. We would be more concerned if we wasn’t making chances,” he told the Burton Albion website.

Clough will be hoping that home advantage will count for something in the game as Burton have won three times so far at home this season, but have not won away.

This time however Clough concedes that Rowett will not be fazed about coming back. “We’ve done well at home so far this season and we’ve got to continue it. The only thing with Gary Rowett coming back is that he will know all the advantages and disadvantages of playing at the Pirelli, so it’s a slightly different scenario.”

Rowett was very successful with Burton achieving a 44.4% win rate over his 142 games in charge. His record was praised by Clough, who also expects the fans to give Rowett a good reception.

“He played a major part, the same when Jimmy (Floyd-Hasselbaink) came back the other week – you can’t deny the role they’ve played in the club being in the Championship and where we are now so he comes back and he’ll get a great ovation and it’s thoroughly deserved.”

Clough clearly has a lot of respect for the work Rowett did at Burton but admits that come kick off those feelings go out of the window.

“Birmingham are going as well as they are in the top six so they will want to stay in that and we’re desperate to stay away from that bottom three so there’s no sentimentality or no romance so we will both be scrapping away for the points.”

Picture courtesy of Burton Albion FC.

 

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