League Two preview: Southend v Burton Albion

Gary Rowett is looking to get to Wembley. Photo: PA

Burton boss Gary Rowett believes Saturday's Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final against Southend is too close to call.

Albion head to the Essex coast holding a 1-0 advantage thanks to Adam McGurk's goal at the Pirelli Stadium last weekend.

There certainly seems to be little to separate the teams, who finished level on 72 points and face their third meeting in a fortnight, with Southend having beaten Burton 1-0 at Roots Hall on the final day of the regular season.

And Rowett admitted: ''The advantage we have isn't really too much of an advantage.

"I think both teams will be quite happy after the first leg, if I'm honest. Southend are not going to be too disappointed at being a goal down.

''Yes, it's going to give us an advantage, it gives us a bit more clarity of what we've got to do but, also, they know they've got to score goals to beat us and win the tie.

"So, I don't think it changes too much and it certainly won't detract from our focus of what we've got to do.

''It's more about being positive in your outlook. Going into the first game we knew our home form had been very good over the past couple of years. Going into the second game we know that if we don't concede a goal we're not going to lose, so it's as simple as that.

"But what I don't think we can do is go down there and simply look to defend for the whole game.

''At the moment what we've planned for has gone quite well and we're quite pleased with it. The second part of the plan has always been in place and we've got to make sure we carry it out as well as we did the first part.''

Burton will be without defender Ian Sharps, who was sent off last Sunday, while McGurk is struggling with a groin injury.

Southend skipper John White is a doubt with a thigh problem and midfielder Michael Timlin has an ankle problem.

Manager Phil Brown, who guided Hull to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2008, is confident his side can overturn the first-leg deficit.

He told the club website: "We were pleased with the performance but not the result last weekend, and there were definitely positives to take from the game.

"No one has ever won a game of football at half-time, and we're now coming into the second half at Roots Hall, which I believe will favour us."