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Rowett: A difficult place to go

12 March 2014

Manager pleased with Pompey display

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett was pleased with his side's performance in the 0-0 draw with Portsmouth.

The Brewers came away from Fratton Park with a share of the spoils, and Rowett was pleased with how the team dominated.

"It's a difficult place to come. I felt we controlled the majority of the game and we were really good in spells. Our defensive shape was good and we defended well against a big Portsmouth side.

"We held firm. Bob (Marcus Holness) and Shane (Cansdell-Sherriff) did well with the rest of the back four. They created one or two chances where they've put the ball in the box, but if you look at our chances, Billy (Kee), Knowlesy (Dominic Knowles) and Phil (Edwards) had chances and we had a goal disallowed.

"The chances were better and clearer for us, and I think we got into better positions. As an away team that isn't easy and I'm really pleased with lots of aspects of our performance," said Rowett.

Marcus Holness and Lee Bell both came back into the starting line-up at Portsmouth, and Rowett was pleased with their contributions.

"They both did really well. We know what they're about and what character they've got. We knew they could come in and give us the same continuity as we've had before. It shows the merit of doing the right things and staying in the team when you get your chance.

"We've got strength in depth, and it's about giving players opportunities. If players are ever too far from playing they're going to be unhappy, so it's nice to see them getting minutes on the pitch and I think they acquitted themselves really well as part of the team," Rowett said.

Adam McGurk could have won it late on, but his goal was disallowed by the linesman, abut Rowett believes the game could have been won before then.

"It's difficult for me to say. It looked a bit dubious at first but the linesman has a much better view than I did. We had some good chances and had we taken one of those we'd have gone home with three points rather than one."

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