Football - Rowett ready to make changes

Burton boss Gary Rowett is expected to freshen up his side for the visit of promotion rivals Cheltenham.

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Following three successive victories with an unchanged line-up, Rowett opted to stick once more against Bristol Rovers last weekend but saw his players produce a jaded performance in losing 3-0 at the Memorial Stadium.

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing," said Rowett. "I spoke about it (making changes) in the week but it is very difficult when you have been winning games.

"You change it and lose 4-0 and you did the wrong thing. I just felt I would give them the opportunity to see if we could keep going.

"But we just didn't show the same energy levels and the same intensity we have seen in the last seven performances, we just weren't at the races."

Captain Zander Diamond was on the bench against Rovers on his return from a four-match ban while striker Calvin Zola will also be itching for a recall.

Defender Andrew Corbett, midfielders Jimmy Phillips, Jack Dyer and Adam Drury and striker Matthew Paterson have all also had to settle for places on the bench recently and are options for Rowett.

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