BURTON Albion assistant boss Kev Summerfield says Saturday’s home point against 10-man Dagenham could prove crucial in the League Two end-of-season shake-up.
The Brewers were held to a 1-1 draw by the Daggers, despite them playing almost half the game a man down after Jack Connors was sent off.
Lawson D’Ath gave the visitors the lead with a goal against the run of play before half-time before Billy Kee’s 10th of the season got Albion a point.
And, despite the disappointment at not taking three points, Summerfield says the one could prove pivotal in the promotion race.
“We’ve come out with a draw, the run’s still going and so it could be a very important point come the end of the season,” he said.
“You’re never happy with one, you always want three points, especially at home.
“But some days you’ve got to give the opposition a little bit of respect and they played their system very, very well.
Brewers boss Gary Rowett had warned before the game that Dagenham would prove tricky opponents and he was proven correct.
“You must give credit to the opposition,” said Summerfield. “We’ve watched them quite a bit the last couple of weeks on videos and DVDs and they’re a really resilient team.
“They’re a lot tougher than they were last season and they’ve got a better system to play than they did last season.
“We watched them beat Rochdale away from home, which is a fantastic result, and they’ve got some character about them.
“Once they got the first goal they had something to hang on to.
“And it was an unstoppable goal. You hold your hands up and say well played and then get on with it.”
Albion again dominated the game but could not get the goals their superiority merited - and Summerfield knows it is something which needs a tweak.
“If you look at the stats, we’ve had the most shots by a millions miles over anyone in the league,” he said.
“We’re 40 or 50 shots ahead of anyone else, but totting up the games we’ve probably scored the fewest goals!
“It’s something we’re aware of and we know it’s happening.
“We try to encourage the players to hit the target a little bit more, but I’m afraid when they walk on the pitch and go over the white line the atmosphere gets to them where they want to score too many worldies etc.
“But at the end of the day it’s a point, we’re still looking to be right up there at the end of the season and that could be very important to us.”
Billy Kee scored another cracker to get the point - and Summerfield is pleased with the balance the squad has got among the strikers since Gary Alexander arrived on deadline day.
“That’s the goals that Billy scores and I find it a little bit odd that people, if they’re playing against Billy, (don’t know) that’s the goal that he does score,” said the assistant boss.
“If you looked at all his goals this season, I bet a good 80 per cent of them were exactly the same as that.
“All credit to him, he does what he does well, when he’s given the opportunity.
“We’ve got a little bit more of an all-round group with the forwards.
“Gary’s tougher, world-wise and knows how to play the game, he’ll compete and hold the ball up.
“The others all offer a little bit of something different, which is great for us.
“Dependent on the state of the game and who we’re playing against, it’s up to us to pick the right permutations to get the right result.”
Now, the Brewers enter a run of three away games - at Rochdale tomorrow, Bristol Rovers on Friday and Torquay a week tomorrow.
“Thankfully we’ve done really, really well away from home,” said Summerfield. “The Morecambe result was a really good result for us to get.
“It’s up to us - Tuesday night’s going to be a great game. Bristol and Torquay are just going to be a real fight.
“It’d be nice if we could come out with a couple of results.”