GARY Rowett was pleased with the performance as his 10-man Burton Albion side claimed a vital 1-0 win in the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Southend United.
The Brewers went a goal up through Adam McGurk on the stroke of half-time, and held on for victory despite Ian Sharps' red card on the hour mark.
Despite the blow of losing Sharps, Rowett was pleased to take a 1-0 lead to Essex on Saturday with a place at Wembley at stake.
“I’m really pleased with the way they went about it," he said.
"But we know it’s only half a job done, and we know it’s going to be a very difficult second leg at Roots Hall because they’re an excellent side with an excellent home record.
“I thought in many ways there were a lot of good things about the game today.
“The goal was fantastic – a lovely, well-worked goal.”
For Rowett's full reaction, see tomorrow's Burton Mail.