BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett has backed goalkeeper Rob Lainton to come back strongly from his mistake at Rochdale.
The 24-year-old keeper dropped a clanger at Spotland on Tuesday night, punching a high ball into his own net to hand Dale a point.
Burton had been leading 1-0 through a Zeli Ismail goal and, despite being under pressure, had restricted the best home side in League Two to very few chances.
They eventually had to settle for a point – but Rowett was philosophical afterwards.
“Any keeper can do that, can’t they?” he said. “It’s unfortunate when you’re 1-0 up away from home because you don’t want to give them a soft way back into the game.
“Effectively it was that, so that’s it. We write it off and move on.”
As Rowett pointed out, Lainton is not the first Albion keeper to make a costly mistake.
Stuart Tomlinson’s error at Accrington last season cost them two points, Dean Lyness made one at Northampton in a tight game Burton lost 1-0 and Ross Atkins was vulnerable to high balls.
The point is, no keeper is perfect – even greats such as David Seaman made the odd one.
“We’ve had keepers in the past who’ve done that and at the minute he’s got the shirt,” said Rowett. “Deano (Lyness) will be fine in the next few weeks, I think.
“We’ve got two very good keepers in the squad.”
Lainton has made three appearances so far for the Brewers after signing on loan for a month.
He had a solid debut at Morecambe and kept a clean sheet while making a couple of decent stops.
Then, against Dagenham he had no chance on the opening goal before pulling a save out of the top drawer to deny Medy Elito giving the Daggers a 2-0 lead. Albion went on to draw 1-1.
“Rob did everything else really well at Rochdale,” said Rowett.
“Look at Dagenham. He made a great save when we were 1-0 down to keep us in the game.
“That happens and we’ll accept that.
“We’ll always be as supportive as we can be (when players make mistakes).”