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25 October 2014

Brewers boss Gary Rowett felt his side was undone by a massive slice of misfortune. The Brewers dominated possession, but a late deflected cross meant that Burton left the Lamex Stadium empty handed. 

"On the back of the Carlisle performance I wouldn't have been displeased with a 0-0," Rowett told Brewers Player.

"Keep a clean sheet, have a good defensive performance and move on, which would have been seven points from our last three away games.

"I think the way we conceded the goal was just unfortunate and sometimes you can't do anything about that. 

"Defensively as a team we worked very hard and I felt we had more of the ball than Stevenage.

"They didn't create anything of note until that point and all in truth neither did we. 

"It looked like a 0-0 game, but to concede a deflected cross, which I don't anyone could do anything about. 

"It just shows the lack of fortune and we've just got to pick ourselves up very quickly."

Rowett was keen to stress that this weeks travelling hadn't taken it's toll. The Brewers travelled to Carlisle and back on the same day and Rowett felt that didn't show in the performance. 

"I don't think so, as we played with decent energy.

"Sometimes a midweek game just makes the week very difficult.

"It's all recovery and you can't do a lot of training or a lot of work on shape."

The squad now has a week to recover and Rowett feels it'll be good to get back to work.  

"It will be nice to get a little bit of a break, do some work and have that little bit of continuity about what we do.

"Without being disrespectful to one or two players of coming in cold to play today's game, I think that to lose Bev (Stuart Beavon) and Macca (Alex MacDonald) through suspension was a little bit unnecessary. 

"That disrupts you and once again we've had to change. 

"Damo (Damien McCrory) has come into start as Tafty (George Taft) pulled out after 30 seconds at Carlisle and we've had to make another two changes in the forward line and that's not ideal. 

"But we need to show more quality and I said to the front four you've got to accept today that we haven't shown enough quality with the ball in the final third.

"I think sometimes that if you don't offer that creative spark then you've got to make sure you take a 0-0 and move on. 

"We were just a wickedly deflected goal and massive slice of misfortune from doing that."

Despite the defeat, there were positives with seeing academy graduate Sam Austin and new signing Darragh Lenihan make their first appearances for the club.

"I'm not afraid to do that and we look at Sam and think can we change it. 

"He got into a good position for half a chance, where he tried to square it back. 

"I think Darragh showed in ten minutes what quality he's got, as he's put three or four lovely balls to people. 

"But perhaps we just lacked quality in the first-half, but it's not a easy game in the middle of the park.

"There's no space at Stevenage, it's a tight pitch and always a physical encounter. 

"I felt that we needed a little more width today and we needed to utilise those one v one's. 

"When we did I felt Lucas, who was under pressure from returning to his old club just couldn't get away from people like he usually does. 

"We just missed a little bit of spark, but we did enough to get a 0-0 and a good point." 

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