GARY Rowett and his coaching staff are working to iron out the minor defensive errors which are costing Burton Albion goals, writes TOM SLOAN.
The Brewers have conceded two or more in seven of their nine League Two matches so far this season.
Rowett is confident in the defenders he has at his disposal and is looking for an answer to a perplexing problem.
“I think we’re good enough to defend better,” he said. “We need to cut out the mistakes and little moments of bad defending which lead to a goal – it’s as much a case of that as anything.
“We’re still scoring enough goals at the other end to be a success.”
Rowett wants Albion to be a hard-baked side who are difficult to break down and beat.
But he has been disappointed in the last month, although the Brewers ended their run of three defeats with an encouraging 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
“We set out to be a bit harder to beat as a team,” he said. “You look at any good team and any successful team.
“You hear managers talking about it all the time – you start from a solid defensive base and are solid when you haven’t got possession.
“I’ve been racking my brains over the last 48 hours why we’re conceding goals still.
“You could argue that the disruption caused by injuries and suspensions in the back four hasn’t helped, but we can do better.”
Albion conceded two in four minutes after half-time on Saturday – and both were easily avoidable, the first by preventing a cross and the second by cutting out a corner or marking the goalscorer better.
“I was disappointed with the goals on Saturday during the match,” said Rowett. “I was disappointed with them after the game and I’m even more disappointed watching the DVD back.”
Despite the goals being a let-down, Rowett was pleased with other aspects of the match.
“In the first half we played with a lot more tempo than we have done,” he said.
“We can still play with more quality, but were 1-0 up and on top.
“There’s no game you’re ever truly in control of, but we were on top in the first half.”