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Rowett: We couldn't find it

18 January 2014

Albion boss admits side should have taken chances

The 0-0 draw with Bury at Gigg Lane had just one key ingredient missing to class itself as a thrilling match and that was simply a goal.

The eventual stalemate looked to be anything but during a frantic first 45 minutes but failed attempts by the Brewers’ forward line meant that Gary Rowett’s side had to rely on their exceptional defensive record to leave Gigg Lane with a point.

Albion manager Rowett believes the dreamlike positions his attackers found themselves in left him feeling aggrieved they didn't take one of the many chances that were served to them, especially in the first-half.

“They had quite a bit of the ball early on but didn't really hurt us too much and we got into some fantastic positions in the first-half that occasionally you only dream of.

“We should have worked the keeper more, we got into some fantastic positions in the first-half and we really have to do better when we get into those kinds of positions,” he told Brewers Player.

Opportunities for strikers Billy Kee and Adam McGurk went begging whilst winger Zeli Ismail caused a constant threat but couldn't find the target on several occasions.

He said: “Whether it was that last ball, that last touch or that last finish we just couldn't quiet find it and that was probably the most disappointing part of today, that we didn't come into half-time a goal or two up.

“We didn't play with quite the same energy or the same attacking intent that we often have done.”

“There was a lack of composure and that last little bit of a burst of pace or quality, when you've got tired legs you cannot produce what you want,” added Rowett.

The 0-0 draw saw Albion move onto clean sheet number 12 in Sky Bet League 2 and Rowett admits that his side never looked like conceding during the 90 minutes as goalkeeper Dean Lyness endured a relatively quiet afternoon.

“We didn't look like we were going to concede, Dean hasn't had to work that hard, they had the odd attack but nothing too worrying,” Rowett explained.

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