GARY Rowett credited assistant Kevin Summerfield for Burton Albion’s 2-1 win over Dagenham.
Billy Kee scored twice in the last 10 minutes to end the Daggers’ stubborn resistance at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.
The manager, though, did not take the credit for bringing Kee off the bench to win it.
Instead he praised Summerfield for having the foresight to change formation and introduce Kee.
“I have to say today there’s as much credit would go to Kev as it would to Billy,” said the Brewers boss, who had watched his side labour after Jamie Cureton gave Dagenham the lead.
“I think after about 15 minutes Kev said we might have to play two sitting midfielders, with one in front and three up really narrow.
“The great thing about having someone like Kev alongside you is that he’ll always come up with an answer – he’ll always come up with something you might not have thought about.”
Rowett reckons Summerfield, previously an assistant and caretaker boss at Plymouth, and a No 2 at Tranmere, could be about his best signing to date.
“I read somewhere in the week someone saying Kev Summerfield could be my best signing since I’ve been here and I would find it difficult to argue with that,” said Rowett.
“I find it difficult enough to argue with Kev sometimes! He’s a stubborn so-and-so, but he’s tactically really astute and I’d say as an assistant manager he’s been a fantastic help to me, never more so than today.
“That’s when you look around and need one or two ideas and one or two opinions that aren’t yours.”
Kee, too, drew praise for his match-winning cameo.
The 23-year-old is frustrated at not starting a match so far, but made a massive difference when he came on.
“That’s what Billy is – he’s a fantastic player,” said Rowett. “He gets goals and that’s why he’s a player who’s always going to be in demand.
“I just felt as though with the things we worked on in pre-season, one or two are ahead of him at the moment.
“But what you know with Billy is, particularly in that type of game when you’re going to be up and around the opposition box, there’s no-one better to have in your team or bring on.
“I thought he showed amazing character to come on and was the first to pick up the ball for the penalty and took it nicely – as well as his goal.”