GARY Rowett admitted he was as surprised as anyone at the style with which Burton Albion recorded their biggest win of the season today.
The Brewers scored three goals at home for the first time this campaign with a 3-0 victory against Hartlepool United at the Pirelli Stadium, and although the struggling visitors were poor, all three strikes were impressive.
First Billy Kee notched up his 14th of the season, volleying home after Ian Sharps had launched a wonderful ball into the box from defence, then Jimmy Phillips ran onto the end of a neat move and curled home, before Lee Bell powered home his first goal of the season with a free-kick from distance.
"I don't know what was the biggest surprise really, the fact that Sharpsy has curled a wondeful ball behind the back four for Billy, or the fact that Belly has hit a screamer from 35 yards," said Rowett.
"If you'd told me either of those events would happen this morning, I might have been pinching myself and thinking I'd had too many red wines last night."
Burton could have had more, with Kee, Gary Alexander, Phillips and Alex MacDonald a threat all afternoon.
"We showed some good composure on the ball and I felt as though our front four were a threat all game," said Rowett.
"Gary and Billy linked well again and it was nice to come here and actually say we've put away the chances.
"We've scored more than one goal, which we haven't done too many times this season."
Read Gary Rowett's full post-match interview in Monday's Burton Mail.