GARY Rowett reckons Burton Albion had their poorest 90 minutes of the season against Exeter City on Saturday – but that a point was not a bad result after a trying week for the club.
The Brewers drew 1-1 with the mid-table Grecians at the Pirelli Stadium a day after the club won its industrial tribunal case against ex-employee Kerry Miller.
And boss Rowett, who had to give evidence at the hearing, is pleased overall.
“It’s been a strange week,” said the Albion manager. “Certainly in terms of what’s gone on.
“I think you could say with a point gained and the outcome in the week with various other things off the field, it’s been a good week for the club in some ways.
“I would probably say that’s the poorest we’ve played all season.
“We just didn’t really get going.”
The Brewers were not punished too much on what was a difficult weekend for all but two of their immediate promotion rivals in League Two.
Only Oxford and Chesterfield in the top eight won.
Rochdale lost at home to Dagenham, Fleetwood were beaten at home by York, Southend and Newport drew and Scunthorpe could only get a point at Hartlepool.
“It’s another point and, who knows, with one or two sides not winning in and around us, that point might be important,” said Rowett.
“I think Southend and Newport got a point each and it means we haven’t lost too much ground.
“But certainly at home we need to get back to winning ways, that’s two without a win at home now.
“We need to change that - we haven’t got that many home games left.”
The Brewers boss reckons his side played into Exeter’s hands with a slow approach and paid the price for not getting in behind the Grecians.
“I spoke to the players about it and I felt that Exeter, with the way they set up, would like a nice, slow game,” said Rowett.
“They could then open up space and hit us on the counter attack.
“I thought we played into their hands in the first half and everything was in front of them, everything was neat and tidy and nicey, nicey.
“We didn’t want the game to be nice - the conditions were poor and we had to play that.
“We took too long to get in forward, didn’t chase enough in behind and I felt that caused our problems.
“Then you get it back to 1-1, you think come on let’s have another go again.
“It didn’t help with Shane (Cansdell-Sherriff) feeling his ankle with 10 minutes to go, so effectively we were down to 10 men and had to shuffle the pack.
“We were quite happy with a point in the end.”
Rowett is dismissing Saturday as an off-day - and points to the fact Albion have rarely been outplayed this season.
“It was an off-day for us, simple as that,” he said. “We have to just accept that occasionally.
“I spoke about three weeks ago that we’ve been pretty good most of the games this season and haven’t been beaten by a better team.
“Fleetwood maybe just edged us on the day last week and I’d say Exeter probably were just slightly better over the 90 minutes.”
Striker Gary Alexander made his debut for the Brewers and Rowett was happy with the half-hour contribution of his new target man.
“He held the ball up for us a little bit and gave us more of a physical threat,” he said.