ASSISTANT boss Kevin Summerfield was delighted to see Burton Albion again grind out a win as they saw off Exeter City last night.
The Brewers won 1-0 through Stuart Beavon's first-half goal and would have won by more if it were not for an inspired display from visiting keeper Christie Pym.
The 19-year-old pulled off several excellent saves to deny Albion a more handsome win – but they have now won their first four games of the season for the first time since 1956-57.
"If you want to be promotion candidates, you've got to come out on top in these games where you're not playing particularly well," said Summerfield.
"Anyone who watched us last year, that will be the basis of our game.
"If we're not playing well we need to grind out a result."
Summerfield was pleased with an excellent first half from Albion where they create a host of chances.
Pym, though, stood firm to deny John Mousinho and Lucas Akins.
"I think we had a really good, strong first half," said Summerfield.
"Take the goalie out of the equation, who pulled off three or four great saves, and we'd have been in the clear.
"We knew it was going to be more difficult second half when they came into the game and we just couldn't get going."
Summerfield, credited by boss Gary Rowett as the ideas man behind Saturday's 2-1 comeback over Dagenham, was pleased to learn that records could soon tumble to the class of 2014-15.
"It'd be interesting to see how many records we've broken in the last two years," he said.
"There's another one and it's a good one.
"We get a bit frustrated, and thought we could've done better second half, but you've got to give the opposition credit."