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Rowett: That's seven unbeaten

21 December 2013

Boss praises Brewers' momentum

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett was full of praise for his side as the Brewers extended their unbeaten run to seven games after the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

The Brewers took the lead from an unlikely source, right-back Phil Edwards stayed forward from a free-kick and Robbie Weir's long ball found the defender who chested down inside the area before volleying past the Hartlepool goalkeeper.

Rowett said afterwards: "For 60 minutes it was as well as we've played away from home this season," he said. "We've created lots and lots of chances and they haven't had too many, particularly against the wind, which I thought might be a problem.

"I was really pleased with the front two, who I thought caused them all sorts of problems, getting into some great positions.

"I said at half-time the final bit of quality was just lacking a little bit."

Albion were put under increasing pressure by the hosts before finally conceding to a Brad Walker strike from 25 yards after 69 minutes, the second-half substitute had only been on the pitch for two minutes before equalising.

The Albion boss explained: "When they scored, it was a poor goal for us to concede.

"We should really have won the first ball against them straight down the middle.

"It was a soft goal and after that they had a spell of 10 or 15 minutes, like you know they're going to at home, where they put us under a bit of pressure.

"But we had a couple of other half-good opportunities in and around the final third with which we maybe should have done a little bit more.

"We saw the game out and you'd have to say it's a point to build on. It's an unbeaten run of seven games now.

He added: "I'm thoroughly pleased with the performance and I've got to say I think it's a point gained rather than two lost."

With both Billy Kee and the fit again Adam McGurk going close in the early stages it was right-back Edwards who found the net and Rowett heaped praise on the defender.

"I only said to him the day before it was about time he scored!" said Rowett.

The boss' only disappointment was seeing the Brewers concede only their second goal in five games.

"The back four are disappointed they've not had another shut-out to add to the ones that they've had recently.

"Again, I thought we were pretty solid defensively and Deano's (Lyness) not had too much to do, first-half.

"But if we'd taken the chances the game's put to bed."

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