GARY Rowett says Burton Albion will have to battle for the right to win games in League Two.
The Brewers had to dig deep to beat Dagenham after trailing 1-0, scoring twice in the last few minutes to win.
They laboured at times, but had the character to never give up as Billy Kee won it in the dying minutes.
“There are never easy games and teams aren’t just going to come here and allow us to do what we want to do,” said the manager.
“We’re going to have to fight like mad and play as well as we can. I felt for 60 minutes we didn’t do enough.
“It’s as simple as that and if you don’t do that, and play without the same verve or energy as we showed in midweek, you’re going to have a problem.”
Rowett was disappointed with how Albion gave away the opener at the Pirelli Stadium.
“Predominantly for 60 or 70 minutes Dagenham played the game fantastically well as an away side,” he said.
“They didn’t commit too many bodies forward early. They counter-attacked us and used the space to good effect.
“I thought the goal they scored early on was a very poor one to concede.
“For them to score after one flick and one run – even though Jamie Cureton took it well – I’m very disappointed.
“From then on we had to change our game plan. We knew that not every team was going to make it as easy for us to drop in, but I didn’t want to change it.
“I wanted to see if it worked – and it didn’t work for 25 minutes.
“That’s the time we have to do something different. We did and we just about found the answer.”
The manager was also glad to kick off the home campaign with a win.
“Bizarrely enough, the first home game of the season in the league and if you lose 1-0 then suddenly there’s that little bit of pressure,” said Rowett.
“I could hear one or two of the fans getting a bit frustrated after about 15 or 20 minutes. I can understand that but we need to be realistic.
“Last year we started poorly at home. We had a little spell where we lost two or three on the spin and then we turned it around and got it sorted.”
“I think the hope this time is to be a little bit better prepared and a bit better at home.”