GARY Rowett has again praised his Burton Albion side’s never-say-die attitude after they came back from two goals down to draw with Bury.
The Shakers flew into a 2-0 lead at the break before late goals from Michael Symes and Adam McGurk rescued a point for the Brewers at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.
And Rowett was delighted with the way Albion dug in to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
“It’s important we keep dealing with what games throw at us,” said the Brewers boss.
“Like I said before, sometimes that character shows through and makes you difficult to beat.
“There aren’t many sides who can say they’ve been 2-0 down twice in the first four games of the season and come back to draw.
“It’s another point on the board. At this stage last season we had three points so we’ve more than doubled our tally.
“It’s a good start but I still think we’ve got more to come.”
Rowett had an inkling that Albion would find it difficult against Bury following their 3-2 victory at Fleetwood Town and was proved right as his men laboured in the first half.
“I sort of preempted it I felt it was one of those games where everyone talks us up after Fleetwood and I had a sneaking
suspicion we were going to let ourselves down a little bit,” he said.
“I thought Bury were excellent and as good a side as we’ve played so far.
“They played with bags of energy and tried to do to us what we try to do to teams.
“They did it a bit better than us and at 2-0, yes, you think ‘are we going to get back into this?’
“We said at half-time we needed to show character.
“We’ve been here before - we were 2-0 down at Cheltenham, and Sheffield United came back to level at 1-1 and we could easily have gone under. Fleetwood came back to 3-2 and we could’ve gone under.
“It’s that consistency of being hard to play against and hard to beat.”
Substitutes Michael Symes, Matty Palmer and Dominic Knowles injected new life into the Brewers towards the end of Saturday’s League Two encounter and Rowett was happy with the impact the trio made.
“I thought the pivotal moment was the players who came on and made an impact,” he said.
“I thought Matty Palmer was absolutely superb when he came on and Michael Symes was really lively, won his headers and gave them a problem.
“It started to open the game up a bit and we got one or two chances.
“We’ve got a squad mentality and today was the perfect example of that.
“You look at Matty Palmer coming into a game like that. You’re 2-0 down, he comes on, settles you down, gets you on the ball and shows absolutely wonderful quality at times.
“He gave us that little bit of composure - whether that’s easier later in the game, you could argue - it was difficult for Robbie (Weir) and Belly (Lee Bell) in there against three and they played it as well as anyone has against us this year.”