05:30 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Gary Rowett: Burton Albion are being taken seriously in League Two now

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GARY Rowett says his nomination for League Two manager of the month shows Burton Albion are now being taken very seriously.

The Brewers boss was today shortlisted alongside Accrington’s James Beattie, Southend’s former Derby County boss Phil Brown and John Ward of Bristol Rovers for the November award.

It is the third month out of four this season Rowett has been nominated after he won it twice in 2012/13 as Albion reached the play-offs.

“We’ve been nominated three out of the four months,” said the manager, whose side won four and lost two in November. “I’ll be honest – we had a little spell when people talked about inconsistency, but if you look over the last 18 months we’ve won more than half our games.

“I think that’s a really good achievement.

“We’re no longer ‘little old Burton’.

“We’ve proved we’ve got the ability to keep challenging.

“But it doesn’t mean anything yet.”

Albion recorded a third 1-0 win in a week when they held on to beat Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

They are becoming an increasingly consistent unit under Rowett’s management, although it looks like he will again miss out on the award, with Accrington’s Beattie the bookies’ favourite after a storming month lifted the Lancashire club out of the relegation mire.

Albion have developed a handy knack of winning games 1-0 - but Rowett says it is only a matter of time before more goals go in, although he would be happy to win 1-0 every week.

“We’re starting to see some real consistency in our performances now,” said the Brewers boss, who was previously nominated in August and October.

“It shows what kind of side we’ve become.

“We want to score more goals and we will score more goals.

“First and foremost it’s important to win games, secondly you don’t want to concede and third is goals to put a bit of gloss on the performances.

“If we get the first two right but not the third you can come away a little bit disappointed, but I can live with that bit of disappointment.”

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