GARY Rowett says Burton Albion must learn from the quality shown by Chesterfield ahead of the play-offs.
The Brewers were beaten 2-0 by the Spireites yesterday as Paul Cook’s men sealed promotion to League One.
Albion looked off-colour and were well beaten as the Chesterfield promotion party got started at the Pirelli Stadium.
“You’ve got to give credit to Chesterfield,” said a disappointed Rowett.
“I think they gave us a little bit of a lesson, if you like, in that extra little bit of quality which is needed if you want to win automatic promotion.
“Maybe it’s something we need to look at, come what may, over the next couple of months.
“Certainly we’re going to have to show that bit of quality ourselves in order to get something out of the play-offs.”
Albion had little to play for yesterday with their place in the play-offs already in the bag, while Chesterfield had their eyes on the prize.
“It looked like an end-of-season performance with nothing on the game,” said the Brewers boss. “It’s always your concern when you know you’re in the play-offs and what you do in the last two games doesn’t affect things.
“It was as bad as we’ve played this season.
“Again I’m just hopeful that’s because of the situation at the end of the season where we’re all gearing for the play-offs and that’s what we’ve got to focus on.
“People can rest assured that come a week-and-a-half, two weeks’ time, we’ll be raring to go.”
Albion never settled against a quality side who are excellent on the ball.
However, Jay O’Shea’s opener just after half-time again came from an error and his second goal was also avoidable from Burton’s point of view.
“We didn’t get on the ball,” said Rowett. “I said to them before that this was the ideal game for us - we could relax and get on the ball.
“I said we could treat it a bit differently to a normal game.
“But we didn’t do any of that and that was disappointing for me today.
“I was disappointed with the goals we conceded.
“I thought they were unnecessary goals and up until that point they’d passed the ball without really going anywhere or hurting us too much.
“Two very poor goals - the first one Robbie’s (Weir) made a mistake which was needless and that gives them something to hold on to.
“All I can do is congratulate Paul (Cook). They’ve had an excellent season.
“If you’d have told me, probably earlier in the season, I would have said Rochdale, Scunthorpe and Chesterfield were looking likely around Christmas time.
“I think those three teams deserve to go up but we’ve still got a fantastic chance in the play-offs, but we’re going to have to play an awful lot better than that.
“We’ve got two weeks to prepare.
“As regards Saturday’s game at Southend, we can’t affect too much. It’s an opportunity for one or two to get run-outs and a chance to look at one or two things.”