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ROWETT: MAINTAINING THE PERFORMANCE LEVELS

13 September 2014

Bos delighted with side's consistency

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett praised the attitude of his players after the 2-0 win against York City at the Pirelli Stadium.

 

Lucas Akins and John Mousinho scored after half-time to earn the Brewers a sixth win from seven in League 2 this season, and keep them at the top of the table.

 

It was another high quality performance in which Albion were good value for their win, and Rowett was very happy with the way performances are improving.

 

“To win six from seven shows the players have great appetite to do great things and push the performances on. I’ve said to them that it’s important that we keep working hard to push the performances each time.

 

“It was a difficult game today and we knew it would be. It was pretty tight and York are an exceptionally hard working side and have gone 23 games unbeaten. To beat them today shows how much we’ve come on since last season so I was very pleased with many aspects of the game.

 

“It was always going to take a bit of good fortune or a good finish to break the deadlock, and we saw that with Lucas’ goal,” he said.

 

York’s 23 game unbeaten run had been built on a solid defence and not conceding goals, but that record was torn apart once Akins and Mousinho found the net, and Rowett hailed the importance of scoring the opening goal against the Minstermen.

 

“It’s always massive with us anyway, with the way that we’re seeing games out and controlling games. Most teams that go a goal down against us will feel an element of dejection as it’s very difficult to get back into the game.


“One of the things we did really well was the way we controlled the tempo of the game. We passed the ball well and diffused any counter attacks from the opposition, and we’ve ended up with quite a bit of possession in the last ten minutes. Last season we’d have panicked a bit and given away leads in the dying minutes,” Rowett added.


Mousinho’s thunderbolt eight minutes from full-time capped off a fine team performance, and the manager also praised the midfielder’s influence in a tightly contested game.


“I thought Moose was fantastic today. He showed a lot of elements of his game and he has a lot of really good attributes. When I spoke to him in the summer I told him that I thought he could score more goals. He showed that with a fantastic strike today after his goal against Newport.”


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