GARY Rowett was left frustrated after his Burton Albion side had to battle back for a 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United, writes TOM SLOAN.
The Brewers ended their run of three consecutive defeats in League Two with Saturday’s draw at the Pirelli Stadium.
But after being 1-0 up and cruising at half-time, Albion conceded two in five minutes before rescuing a point.
“I’m pleased to put an end to the run after three defeats on the spin,” said Rowett. “But I’m disappointed with one or two things.
“I believe we should’ve won the game and that’s why I’m frustrated.
“We had opportunities to do so.
“We’ve caused our own problems really early on in the second half.
“To go in 1-0 up and in control without any threat against us against a Scunthorpe side who haven’t lost for five or six games, to then end up 2-1 down after 10 minutes of the second half is very frustrating to say the least.
“I think we’ve got to be a bit more professional than that.
“At 1-0 up we should’ve controlled the game and won it.”
Billy Kee netted on his return to the side after seven weeks out with a thigh injury.
His goal underlined his importance to Albion – and Rowett is hopeful he can fire the Brewers back up the table.
“Billy back was a massive boost for us and really made a difference – you can see why we missed him so much,” he said.
“You have to realise that’s seven or eight weeks out now.
“If that’s him at probably 60 or 70 per cent of his best, then we’ll be very, very pleased when he gets back to his best.
“He’s got a phenomenal scoring rate when he starts games and I think hopefully that’ll be the start of a run of games and a run of goals to lift us up the table.”
Robbie Weir produced his best performance of the season and netted Albion’s equaliser, with Rowett glad to see his central midfielder looking more like the player of last season.
“Robbie, when he does things with tempo and energy, there aren’t many midfielders in this division who are better than him,” said the manager.
“I’m pleased to see him back in there and again they looked very comfortable together, Robbie and Belly (Lee Bell).”
What disappointed Rowett was the two goals conceded, the seventh time in nine games Albion have conceded two or more.
“The first one, we’d worked on Jordan (Pickford) kicking the ball into space for someone to peel onto and Huss (Chris Hussey) went and stood out there, which is not what we’ve worked on, and Jordan shouldn’t have kicked it him,” said Rowett.
“Then we had chances to clear it, which was frustrating.
“The second one, you can’t allow a centre-half to head the ball in from two yards out, almost unchallenged. We’ve got to be better than that.
“These are the little moments in games that are just making it difficult for us at the moment.”
The performance of the officials was somewhat erratic, with no board held up for added time, of which there was four minutes.
Considering the gamesmanship of the Scunthorpe players, Rowett was very disappointed as Burton pressed for the winner.
“You play four minutes of added time,” he said. “Four minutes after three goals second half, three substitutions at least, Zander (Diamond) going down for two minutes, them having five players that went down and three times the referee stopping it to allow their physio to come on and treat cramp.
“So, how on earth do you come up with four minutes, that’s what I don’t understand.
“They’ve slowed the game down and disrupted it. The officials should’ve taken control and stopped it, and it’s almost ruined the second half.”