GARY Rowett says that whatever happens tomorrow at the Pirelli Stadium it is only half-time in Burton Albion’s play-off tie against Southend.
The Brewers host the Shrimpers, kick-off noon, looking to get a positive result to take to the away leg a week today.
But whatever happens, still being in the tie is the vital thing.
“The interesting bit as well is that whatever happens in Sunday’s game it’s only half-time,” said Rowett.
“Effectively, either way the game goes it’s not over.
“You can take a lead to the away game, it doesn’t really matter, you can take a big lead, it doesn’t really matter, you can take a defeat into the away game and it doesn’t matter as Bradford showed last season.
“There’s two lots of 90 minutes that are going to be very tough and we’ll be sat here either pleased or not so pleased next Saturday.”
Whatever happens, Rowett will react.
“We’re hoping to take a lead into the away leg,” he said. “But either way we’ll manage that.
“You have to be consistent with what you’ve done all season and true to yourself as a team.”
Rowett’s opposite number, Phil Brown, is a familiar figure to Rowett after the duo worked together at Derby County during Brown’s tenure as manager.
There is mutual respect and Rowett thinks the ex-Hull and Preston boss has shown enormous guts to come and manage in the bottom tier after managing in the Championship and Premier League.
“Phil’s a passionate guy and loves football,” said the Brewers chief. “He’s always been the same - he wants to be the best person he can be, coach / manager, and I’m sure he’s learned from a lot of his experiences and he’s had a lot of longevity as a manager.
“It’s not easy dropping down to League Two. I think that shows a lot of guts and his love and desire for football.
“I take my hat off to him and if we weren’t playing him in these games I’d wish him a lot of success.
“Unfortunately I can’t do that at this moment.”