BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett says the character of his players cannot be questioned after they dug in to earn a draw at Newport County.
The Brewers have trailed in three of their five games so far this season, but have won two of them – Dagenham and Wigan at home – and got a 1-1 draw in South Wales on Saturday.
Rowett says it shows the drive and determination of his enthusiastic squad.
"You've got to say they showed a lot of character and got on the front foot," he said. "We showed a bit more drive in the second half.
"I'd never question that spirit and that will to win.
"What you could say is that's the third time in five games we've been a goal down and have had to come from behind to get something.
"Out of those three, we've won two and drawn one. I would never question the character of the team.
"They always keep going and we got something of a response.
"I said to the players at half-time to go out there and try to change it and try to do something about it and whatever will happen will happen.
"We speak about performances all the time. The result will come with good performances.
"We didn't play well enough today but still managed to nick a point.
"If Lucas (Akins) had finished it off we might have had all three, but that would possibly have been a bit greedy."
The manager, whose side's automatic promotion dream ended at Newport in a similar 1-1 draw four months ago, bemoaned a lack of drive in his team as too often they were sloppy with the ball.
"Too many times we played square, too many times we played backwards and we weren't decisive on the ball," said Rowett.
"When we play well, we win the ball back and go forwards, and go forwards with quality, pace and tempo.
"We did the opposite of that today – when we won it we went backwards or sideways.
"When we should've cleared it, we perhaps weren't as decisive as we should've been.
"When you set the standards we have in the first four games, when you fall beneath that you're going to be disappointed.
"But it's not the worst disappointment to take back up the motorway."