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ROWETT: I THOUGHT SECOND-HALF WE WERE MUCH BETTER

8 October 2014


Despite losing 3-0 at home to Doncaster Rovers, boss Gary Rowett felt there were plenty of positives to take from last night's performance. Harry Forrester, Nathan Tyson and Richie Wellens all scored for Rovers, but it was the strong second-half performance and return of Damien McCrory and Lee Bell that pleased the gaffer.

"I thought second-half we were much better and I actually thought for the first 20/25 minutes in the first half we defended really well.

"The first 15 minutes we started very brightly, got into some excellent positions and looked a little bit more like the team that played the first 10 games.

"In the last four out of five games we've conceded very poor goals and it seems to deflate us.

"That's my biggest worry at the moment that when we go a goal down it seems to affect us. I spoke about it to them in the week and said we have to be a little bit stronger than that.

"If we score the first goal then great, we can hang on, defend and keep our shape, but if we concede the first goal, why does that change straightway?

"We changed it and went 4-5-1 almost, with width.

"I felt Blythy was more confident up front on his own and the two midfielders advanced and got into better positions.

"We had some good chances at two-nil down, but again things didn't fall for us in the box. We hit the post, Blythy had one or two good opportunities and the goal at the end you can understand as we're chasing the game to get something.

"You could argue they were more clinical on the night, but we still got into some good positions and we need to be stronger."

Despite playing their 15th game of the season and entering a competition that was slightly lower on the manager's priorities, Rowett felt he needed a strong side to start the game.

"I wanted it to be a strong first 45, so I sent that team out with the hope we could be really strong defensively and hope we could create one or two things.

"That was what I wanted to get out of the first 45 and we knew we'd change it second-half.

"It was great to see Damo (Damien McCrory) get 45 minutes and see him with the other three that he played so well with last year.

"I thought he looked comfortable, did well and maybe the last 15 caught up with him, but he's not played a lot of football.

"Belly, as well played in the second-half and it was nice to get him back on the pitch.

"It's important that those two got some time and if that's the only thing that came out of this evening then I wouldn't be displeased."

Rowett, however felt that his side shouldn't be too disheartened after such a positive start to the season.

"I've just said to the lads that I've never seen a team so disapointed and so deflated, despite being one point off the top in third.

"I think the issue is they've not got to be so disheartened about it and the only way you can turn a poor run around is by working hard and stick together.

"We can change ever so quickly and there's one or two in their, who need to have a little bit more belief."

The Brewers travel to Sixfields to face Northampton Town on Saturday (2pm kick-off) and Rowett knows it'll be another tough test for his side.

"It's going to be tough game, it always is, but every away game is tough.

"Regardless of who you're playing, we have to compete and we have to be solid.

"We've created chances again tonight, but we've conceded one or two poor goals again."





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