Gaffer assesses Brighton reverse
Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett had no complaints following the 3-0 defeat at the Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday.
The defeat ends Albion’s Capital One Cup run for the season, and Rowett felt it was a big task to continue their run against a well-drilled Brighton outfit.
“I said to the players that it was a huge ask to beat a Championship side in Wigan, a Premier League side in QPR and be expected to do the same again tonight. It didn’t quite happen for us and I think in the first half we didn’t really show the belief that we’ve show in the previous rounds.
“When we broke we didn’t break with the same quality and when we did break we tended to turn back and make a safe pass. We didn’t pass it quite as well as I would have liked in the middle of the park and overall we looked a little bit edgy.
“Unfortunately we conceded two poor goals. I’m not going to get downbeat about it because it was a game in isolation I was hoping we could go out and enjoy. We’re disappointed with the goals and the way we’ve conceded of late has been far too easy,” said Rowett.
Whilst Brighton dominated the first half, the Brewers fought back after the break but the manager believes poor defending in the opening stages made it an uphill task for his side.
“In the second half we brightened up and I thought it was a really encouraging second half display, and to end the game with Matty Palmer, Marcus Harness, Liam Slade and Sam Austin on the pitch is really encouraging. They’re four academy players and players that will play a big part in the club’s future.
“We probably didn’t deal with the free-kick for the first goal very well as it looked like it was going out, and for the second George (Taft) has picked out a pass and managed to hit Matty (Palmer) on the back of the head. It was a poor goal to concede and we have to get away from that now.
“In the second half we showed some belief and had some good moments. We had four or five chances on goal and we were unfortunate not to get a goal at least,” he added.
The Brewers were without key players as injuries took their toll on Albion’s small squad, with Lucas Akins, Alex MacDonald and John Mosuinho absent from the starting line-up. Rowett, however, didn’t use that as an excuse as he assessed the performance.
“It always makes it harder when you miss players, but it always looks harder when you concede poor goals. If you look at the first half hour of the Wigan and QPR games we blocked shots, defended well and that gives you half a chance to go out and attack.
“We didn’t attack with the same pace and movement tonight and I felt as though we lacked a bit of belief and desire to get beyond them in the wider areas, and ultimately that is the reason we went behind and could never really have a go at them.”