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Burton Albion: Gary Rowett so proud after win over QPR

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Tom Sloan

PARTY TIME ... Albion's players celebrate Adam McGurk's winning goal against QPR last night.

PARTY TIME ... Albion's players celebrate Adam McGurk's winning goal against QPR last night.

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GARY Rowett was "immensely proud" of his Burton Albion side after they made history and beat a top-flight side for the first time.

The Brewers sensationally defeated Premier League Queen's Park Rangers 1-0 at the Pirelli Stadium last night to reach the third round of the Capital One Cup.

They will now face Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton at home in the third round – and Rowett says the win, courtesy of Adam McGurk's magical free kick, is as good as any seen from the men in yellow and black.

"It's got to be up there," said the manager. "Leicester were a Championship side at the time we beat them 4-2.

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"Some of the goals were amazing that night.

"But this has got to be up there.

"I thought we were equally good against Fulham last season in some ways, but tonight if you look we've controlled more of the game.

"We had more chances than in other games and the players should be proud of one of the biggest results in the club's history."

McGurk struck an outstanding free kick with just over a quarter of an hour left to win it – and Rowett says moments of such quality are what makes the 25-year-old so special.

"I think sometimes one or two of the fans get frustrated because they want to see more," he said.

"But that's what he's got. He's got amazing ability and we see it every day in training.

"You want to see it more.

"That's what Adam can do and he undoubtedly won us the game with that one moment of brilliance."

Albion also won while resting Stuart Beavon and Lucas Akins as Rowett managed to balance the needs of league and cup.

"The league is very important to us but there has to be a sense of realism," he said.

"One big draw pays for a stadium.

"You can't ignore that as a manager, much as you'd like to rest more players ahead of the game on Saturday."

Striker Jacob Blyth, who joined Albion yesterday on loan from Leicester until January, featured as a second-half substitute against QPR.

CAPITAL ONE CUP third rd: Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal v Southampton, West Bromwich Albion v Hull City, Crystal Palace v Newcastle United, Leyton Orient v Sheffield United, Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland v Stoke City, Derby County v Reading, Liverpool v Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes Dons v Bradford City, Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday, Burton Albion v Brighton and Hove Albion, Swansea City v Everton, Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City, Fulham v Doncaster Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest. Ties to be played the week commencing September 22.

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