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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett says Wigan Athletic cup win was best of his career

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

By Tom Sloan

CUP KINGS ... Burton Albion players celebrate Dominic Knowles' equaliser on their way to a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic in the Capital One Cup.

CUP KINGS ... Burton Albion players celebrate Dominic Knowles' equaliser on their way to a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic in the Capital One Cup.

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GARY Rowett rates last night's win over Wigan Athletic in the Capital One Cup as the best of his managerial career so far.

The Brewers dispatched the Latics with a brilliant performance at the Pirelli Stadium.

And they had to come from 1-0 down as goals from Dominic Knowles and Stuart Beavon cancelled out Marc-Antoine Fortune's opener.

"I would say that is as well as any team of mine has played in my time here," said the manager.

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"I thought they were absolutely brilliant in lots of different ways.

"We defended fantastically and restricted Wigan to few chances, while creating lots ourselves.

"We've knocked Sheffield United out twice and Leicester at their place two seasons ago."

Albion flew out of the blocks and were on top before Wigan scored against the run of play.

The goal briefly knocked the Brewers out of their stride, but Knowles, on for the injured Adam McGurk, levelled in first-half injury time before Beavon won it just after the break.

"In the first 25 minutes, we created lots of chances and then when we had to defend we still broke and created chances," said Rowett.

"If we do the right things we'll cause any team in League Two problems – we can cause any team problems.

"(Wigan manager) Uwe Rosler made 10 changes to his team from Saturday but nevertheless it was a very strong side.

"They had the likes of Shaun Maloney on the pitch and then Grant Holt came on. They had Martyn Waghorn and Roger Espinosa.

"You're talking about fantastic players that have played not only in the Championship, but in the Premier League too.

"For us to go and do what we did took some real courage and I'm very proud of them.

"They've showed that extra little bit of belief and to do that on the back of Saturday's performance is even more impressive."

"Going a goal down was the biggest thing for me and it could have had a big affect on the game – but we didn't let it."

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