ADAM McGurk reckons manager Gary Rowett’s half-time optimism was crucial in Burton Albion getting a point against Bury.
The Brewers went into the break 2-0 down after a poor first half which would have had many managers ranting and raving.
But McGurk says Rowett’s confidence inspired Albion as they came back to draw the League Two clash 2-2 with late goals from Michael Symes and McGurk himself.
“In the first half we weren’t good enough,” said the former Tranmere Rovers man. “We were very sloppy on the ball and the gaffer told us to relax when we had it.
“He kept the faith and if you’ve got a manager coming in at half-time, slating everyone and saying it’s all over, it’s hard for the players to respond.
“But he was very upbeat about it and it paid off second-half.”
Albion had been under-par in the opening 45 minutes but improved after the break – with McGurk glad his last-minute winner went in after he opted not to cross to team-mates in the area and had a go himself.
“I was lucky it went in because I’d had two or three chances to cross,” said the 24-year-old.
“Once I flicked it past the defender my only thought was to have a shot at goal and, like they say, if you don’t shoot you don’t score.
“I had a couple of goes in the first half and second half which didn’t come off but you have to keep persisting and you have to keep going to the final whistle.
“Luckily enough it went in and we got a point.”
The Brewers – who had the best home record in the Football League last season – are unbeaten in two games at the Pirelli Stadium this time around.
McGurk knows home form is going to be key to the club’s ambitions of again reaching the top seven.
“Home is where your fortress needs to be and you’re expected to pick up three points every game,” he said.
“We didn’t get the win today but at least we keep up the momentum of not getting beaten and get that sort of mentality going again.
“That’s crucial – that point might be a big point at the end of the season, you just don’t know.
“It’s crucial to get your home wins and away from home try to stay solid like we did against Fleetwood.”
Albion now turn their attentions to tomorrow’s League Cup second round tie with Premier League Fulham, and McGurk is optimistic of causing an upset.
“The games are coming thick and fast,” said the Northern Irishman. “It’s great to get Fulham here and it’ll be interesting to see how we get on.
“Of course we’ve got a chance – it’s 11 v 11.
“They’re a Premier League team and a lot depends on their mentality.
“If they play to their best and we play to our best, they’re probably going to win, but cup competitions have so many upsets and we’ll be looking for another.”