GARY Rowett was delighted with a point from his Burton Albion side’s visit to York City – but was again left ruing missed chances for the dominant Brewers.
Albion were well on top at Bootham Crescent but again could not quite turn their domination into goals.
The outstanding Billy Kee hit the bar, Matty Palmer missed a one-on-one and Callum McFadzean flashed a shot just wide as the Brewers drew 0-0.
“If you look at the chances created, we created a lot more than they have and I felt that we were in control of the game,” said Rowett.
“It was just that little bit extra. Matty Palmer has got in once, so has Callum McFadzean and Billy has hit the bar and made the keeper scramble. Adam (McGurk) has got into some terrific positions.
“I was really pleased with what we did today.
“Lee Bell coming in for Robbie Weir was really, really good – I thought it was really good overall and I was very pleased.
“I felt as though we dominated the best part of the game.”
Albion recorded a 15th clean sheet of the League Two season and an eighth draw away from home to add to the eight away victories they have gained.
This improvement has pleased Rowett in a season where goals have been harder to come by.
“If you look at what we’ve done - we’ve got one of the best defensive records in the division, so we’ve solved that problem to a certain degree,” said the manager.
“The hard part is scoring goals. A lot of sides in all the divisions are struggling with that - and sides who have spent a lot more money than us.
“There’s not been a game this season where I think we’ve been the poorer team. You can maybe look back and say Bristol Rovers away, where we didn’t do enough and they were better than us on the day, but there’s not been many games where the opposition have been better than us.
“I think again if we can just add that little bit of extra quality.
“We lost 34 goals from last season and needed to do something different.
“We’ll keep trying to solve the problems.”
With Fleetwood and Rochdale drawing 0-0, Chesterfield in cup action and Scunthorpe drawing with Wycombe, a draw pretty much retained the status quo in the race for promotion.
The Brewers are five points off the top three with six games left - and Rowett is hoping his side can bridge the gap in remaining few weeks of the season.
“I think again we speak about points tallies and trying to get points on the board,” he said. “What’s difficult at the moment is of course we want to win these games and put ourselves a little bit higher up and put more pressure on the teams ahead of us.
“But they are not easy to win when you come to a side who have won eight in 10.
“Before the game I would have said this would be some game to come and win or take a point even.
“To be as comfortable as we were and create as many chances as we did shows again we’re a very, very good side.
“Again, it’s just a lack of goals stopping us advancing at the minute but Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“Let’s hope it was built in - how long have we got? - about five weeks!
“Let’s hope it was built in five weeks.”
One player who could have a crucial role in the run-in, whether starting or from the bench, is skipper Lee Bell.
The central midfielder had an excellent game at York.
Rowett was also impressed with Palmer, who continues to improve at an impressive rate for a teenager.
“With Belly you know what you’re going to get,” said Rowett. “The reason he’s not been in the side is simply down to the form of the other two (Matty Palmer and Robbie Weir).
“I still think there’s more to come from Matty Palmer as well.
“Today you saw a little glimpse of what he’s got in his locker - he got forward and maybe he can do that more if he’s playing with Belly, who sits a bit and Matty can run into the spaces Robbie does.
“He’s got excellent quality. Finishing one of his chances would be nice - he’s had about seven or eight this season.
“Those are the little things which are stopping us winning games at the moment.
“But once again we’ve dominated a match away from home at a difficult place and I’m very pleased.”