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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett keeps feet on the ground as Brewers go top

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

By Tom Sloan

PARTY TIME ... Burton Albion's Alex MacDonald (middle) celebrates making it 1-0 at Mansfield Town on Saturday.  Picture by Dan Westwell

PARTY TIME ... Burton Albion's Alex MacDonald (middle) celebrates making it 1-0 at Mansfield Town on Saturday. Picture by Dan Westwell

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GARY Rowett is delighted to see Burton Albion top of League Two – but says it is early days and no-one at the Pirelli Stadium will be getting too excited just yet.

The Brewers won 2-1 at Mansfield Town on Saturday in a feisty match which saw Robbie Weir sent off in the dying minutes for retaliating to a stamp.

With Morecambe losing, Albion hit the top – but Rowett's feet are firmly on the ground.

"I've got to be immensely proud of the start that we've made – they're a great bunch in there and thoroughly deserve to be top of the league," he said.

"But it's just a start and that's all it is. We won't get carried away.

"We'll work very, very hard to certainly be even better than we were today."

Albion answered the manager's call to learn from their 1-1 draw at Newport, where they struggled to get a foothold in the game before dragging themselves back into the match.

At Field Mill on Saturday it was a far more streetwise performance.

"We started with a bit more sense about our game," said Rowett. "We were too indecisive on the ball at Newport and passed it sideways too often – and I felt today we were much better.

"The difficulty we had first half was the wind. You try to play forward with a bit of length and height and the ball just ran through.

"We told them at half-time to play angled balls and get down the sides and we settled down a bit.

"They matched up to us with a 4-4-2 and it actually helped us and we went and scored the second goal."

The Brewers are a bigger side this season and coped well with the physical approach of Mansfield, even though Matt Rhead eventually battered his way through, his goal eventually proving just a consolation after strikes from Alex MacDonald and Callum McFadzean.

"Before the game the little things you look for include set pieces," said Rowett. "We had a big team today, not including Lucas (Akins) in it.

"Players have got ability as well and we'll see that more and more as the league settles down.

"I'm encouraged by the way we dealt with Mansfield and I'm encouraged by the way the players have handled it.

"It was a very difficult game to get the ball down and play the way we want to play."

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