05:00 Monday 16 December 2013

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett calls for composure in League Two race

Written byTOM SLOAN

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GARY Rowett wants his Burton Albion side to show more composure after they drew 1-1 at home with York City.

The Brewers boss watched his outfit waste a couple of good chances on Saturday before they fell behind against the battling Minstermen.

Billy Kee levelled to earn a point and despite his disappointment, Rowett was philosophical with the result after three straight wins in League Two.

“We’re not always going to be great and win games,” said the Albion boss. “We’ve won three on the spin and I said to the lads that the draw meant 10 points from four games. So, I’m not going to be too unhappy with that.

“But what I would say is we need to show a bit more quality and a bit more composure if we’re going to score more goals, which has been lacking so far.

“We didn’t lose, which is important, and we have to look at the positives.

“But at home you’re always looking for a bit more, maybe that’s greedy, but maybe that’s just the way we are.

“We’re in a position where if we can win a few games at the right time we could really solidify our position, possibly in the top three.

“As it was, probably some of our competitors did a little bit more.

“We’ve just been lacking a bit at home in terms of scoring the goals we did last season.”

Saturday’s clash at the Pirelli was not helped by gusty winds, but the manager wants Albion to become more dominant on their own patch.

“I thought firstly it was always going to be a difficult game, not filled with too much quality, because of the conditions,” said Rowett. “But I’m disappointed we didn’t create more chances.

“We did get some opportunities and some balls and when we did show a touch of quality we caused problems.

“But I felt we didn’t show enough quality and composure in the game.

“I’m pleased to once again come from a goal behind, which we’ve done often, but I feel as though there was an opportunity today to put a stamp on things and we didn’t quite do that.

“I told the players we needed to score the first goal and that’s why we tried to come out quickly.

“We didn’t start the game as well as we could’ve done but in all fairness to York they got the ball down the sides and made it difficult for us to get any momentum in the final third.

“For the last 10 or 15 minutes of the first half we started to put crosses into the box and got the ball into our frontmen, probably when we swapped our wingers over.

“If we’d done that from the start of the game and created a little bit of momentum and pressure on York, they would’ve struggled to keep the clean sheet.”

Kee and Rene Howe started for just the second time together and showed glimpses of the quality partnership they could form.

“I thought they did okay,” said Rowett. “The quality into them wasn’t as good as we’d like and at times I speak about whether we can feed our strikers with good service. I felt today it was just scrappy. We tried to get it to them too quickly and we just needed a bit more composure than that and needed to get them better ball to try and work off.

“It’s important for us if that’s the way we’re going to play - there has to be quality into them, not just quantity and trying to get any ball into them.

“One or two little bits they showed were bright and I’m pleased for Billy he got his goal. It’s a shame for Ren he hasn’t quite got that goal.

“I thought he was going to get it in the first half when perhaps he should’ve scored.”

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