07:00 Thursday 02 January 2014

Gary Rowett is pleased with Burton Albion's festive points haul

Written byTOM SLOAN

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett

GARY Rowett is pleased with eight points from 12 over the Christmas period after his Burton Albion side drew 0-0 at Mansfield Town.

The Brewers had to settle for a point at Field Mill yesterday as they recorded a first 0-0 draw since October, 2012.

It followed back-to-back home wins and a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool – and lifted Albion up to second spot in the League Two table.

“I think we’ve got to be really happy with it,” said Rowett of the Christmas results.

“It was always going to be a difficult period.

“To win the two home games, draw the two away games and only concede one goal in the process is good.”

Albion were well on top against Mansfield yesterday, but driving wind and rain made it difficult to create chances.

“It shows again we’re playing with some really good control at the minute, which I like,” said the manager.

“Second half it looked like if anyone was going to win, it was us, but again we couldn’t find that little bit of space.

“The way they play with almost five at the back makes it difficult to find any space in and around the box.

“When we did we couldn’t quite make the most of it.

“We’ve had a couple of opportunities – Huss (Chris Hussey) has hit the post and there were a couple of free kicks when we maybe should’ve done better.

“All the chances were ours and I think we played relatively well in difficult conditions.”

The draw means the Brewers are unbeaten in 10 matches and they kept another clean sheet yesterday in what is becoming a brilliant defensive season.

“The clean sheets are almost becoming boring now - we might want a little bit more,” joked Rowett.

“That’s another clean sheet and I have to say I felt as though we dominated the game on the whole.

“We were just a little bit of quality short of winning it.

“It wasn’t easy, for both sides, to create anything obvious.

“At half-time, I said ‘there’s one thing for sure, it won’t stay 0-0’ because we hadn’t had one for such a long time.

“Because we’ve been so good, we see that as a negative, but away from home, 0-0 isn’t a bad scoreline.

“The conditions made it very difficult to play our little bits of football when we needed to.”

Now, Burton go to Bournemouth on Saturday for the FA Cup third round and Rowett is almost certain to make changes to rest key players.

“We can go there and enjoy it,” said the manager. “We’ll try and win, as we always do, and I genuinely think one or two will need to be rested.

“One or two were out on their feet out there, so we’ll have a look at that.

“We’ve got a good week after the Bournemouth game, so we just need to take as much rest as we can.

“We’ve got eight games over January, so it’s going to be another hectic period with not too much rest time.

“They’re not a big side, Bournemouth, but they pass the ball and they move, so they’ve got a lot of creativity in there.

“We’re going to have to match that - we can’t be rigid.

“We’ll have to show our quality, and I think it’ll be a game for the younger legs, and one or two of those will really look forward to it.”

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