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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett pleased but looking for improvement after win at Oxford United

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 11, 2014

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GARY Rowett was pleased with Burton Albion's opening day win at Oxford United – but knows there's room to improve.

The Brewers beat the U's 1-0 through Lucas Akins' debut goal just before half-time at the Kassam Stadium.

Albion were fairly comfortable throughout Saturday afternoon's encounter as they recorded their first ever opening day win in the Football League.

"I'm really pleased but there's loads to work on," said Rowett, who gave debuts to five summer signings for the League Two clash.

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"This is not going to be an easy place for any team to come, and it particularly wasn't in Michael Appleton's first game in front of an enthusiastic crowd looking for things to change.

"It's never going to be easy and you're always going to have to manage the game and manage moments in the game.

"But I thought we did that really, really well and to come here and play with pretty good control is not easy while still creating chances, albeit on the counter-attack."

Rowett was pleased with the impact of his new signings, as striker Stuart Beavon set Akins up for the only goal of the game.

George Taft also impressed on his debut – and only his third start in the Football League – while John Mousinho was solid in midfield.

"They did well," said the manager. "You can see what they've got.

"Lucas is going to cause lots of defenders lots of problems, Bev will do the same.

"Dominic Knowles I think will do more and Alex MacDonald looked bright in stages.

"Then you've got the likes of Billy (Kee) and Adam (McGurk) to come into that.

"I'm really pleased with our attacking options.

"Like we said, we know we can defend well, we know we can keep clean sheets.

"It's about us going and winning games two and three-nil if we can as we get a bit greedier as the season goes on."

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