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MATCH REACTION: Gary Rowett on the Burton Albion victory over Plymouth Argyle

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

05/04/14 Burton Albion v Plymouth Argyle
Burton Albion vs Plymouth Argyle at the Pirelli Stadium.Goal and Celebration

05/04/14 Burton Albion v Plymouth Argyle Burton Albion vs Plymouth Argyle at the Pirelli Stadium.Goal and Celebration

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GARY Rowett says the win over Plymouth Argyle keeps his Burton Albion side in with a shout of breaking into the League Two top three.

The Brewers edged the Pilgrims out 1-0 in a tense encounter at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

With Chesterfield drawing, the gap to the automatic promotion places is down to three points – and Rowett is keen to keep chipping away at it.

“We just want to be in with a shout, that’s all it is,” said the Albion boss.

“I think it’s just important we keep trying to win games and if we can manage to beat Chesterfield at home then it opens that third place spot for everybody.

“It’s also important that it’s another three points closer to solidifying a play-off spot, which is something we’d like to do as early as possible, like we did last season.

“It’d be nice to do that without having to go to the last two games, which we know are pretty tough ones (against Chesterfield and Southend).”

Callum McFadzean’s first-half goal gave the Brewers the win and Rowett was impressed with what he saw from a slightly rejigged side, with Lee Bell playing a deeper role in central midfield.

After dominating the first half, Albion had to dig deep and hold on against sustained pressure from the visitors.

“I thought first half was as well as we’ve played at home,” said Rowett. “We tried a slightly different formation which allowed the three midfielders to get a bit closer to the front two, who I thought did terrifically well.

“I hoped Billy (Kee) and Gary (Alexander) would have an effect with their physicality because the pitch is small and they haven’t got to run as far.

“I thought they held it up well and our link-up play was excellent.

“We didn’t really come under pressure first half and possibly should’ve made one or two positions count.

“Jimmy’s (Phillips) hit a tremendous shot from a good position for him.

“I was really pleased with the first-half performance and second half Plymouth played three big men up there and pinned us back in.

“Yes, I’d love us to get out a bit quicker, but it’s very hard to do that, but having said that I can’t see too many clear-cut chances they had.

“We defended fantastically well.”

Albion have specialised in winning 1-0 this season and Saturday was the 11th time they have done so in the league.

Rowett would love more goals, but accepts that solidity is this side’s main strength.

“It’s another 1-0 win - whether we look good, bad mediocre, rubbish, brilliant, we seem to win 1-0 or draw the game so I can’t be too disappointed,” he said.

“I’m the biggest advocate of attacking football and I’d love for us to start winning games threes and fours.

“We’ve tried everything to do that, but it just looks at the moment that our solidity is our strength.

“So, what we’ve got to do is make sure we don’t lose that.

“I took a bit of a gamble in playing David (Gray) at right-back, thinking he might get further forward and get a bit more of the ball.

“I think we did, but still as you can see we can’t get that rub of the green to get a goal.

“We say it all the time, if you’re defensively resolute and keep clean sheets you have a chance of winning games.

“It looked again that we might succumb to a late corner but we’ve clung on and I thought the teamwork was fantastic today.”

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