GARY Rowett reckons his Burton Albion side’s character again came to the fore as they beat promotion favourites Fleetwood Town 3-2 away.
The Brewers rocketed into a 3-0 lead by half-time with goals from Rene Howe, Adam McGurk and Chris Hussey at a rain-soaked Highbury Stadium on Saturday.
They then came under pressure as the Cod Army rallied and grabbed two second-half goals through Jeff Hughes and Jamille Matt.
“We had a side last season that only won something like five games away from home,” said the Albion boss. “We’ve already won two and drawn one.
“”It shows the character we’ve got in abundance here this season.
“They got the goal and when they got the second, there would’ve been the tendency last season to get a third.
“We regained our resolve and composure, and changed our formation. It seemed to work.
“”It had the desired effect and overall it was a magnificent performance.”
The Brewers were superb as they shot into a three-goal lead, with Fleetwood struggling to cope with their visitors’ cutting edge.
Rowett was delighted his game plan worked as Albion threatened to repeat their 4-0 battering of the Cod Army in February.
“”I though we were absolutely magnificent in the first half,” he said. “We were well out of sight in the game and the game plan we came with worked.
“Fleetwood are favourites for promotion, so to go 3-0 up at their home ground is a magnificent achievement.
“There were one or two opportunities in the second half as well - we hit the post - and we could’ve taken the game out of sight.
“They were always going to come in the second half angry and have a bit of a go at you.
“When you get into this position, it’s hard.
“If you press too high up the pitch you leaves gaps in behind, so it’s a game of chance.
“Fleetwood were always going to come out harder, win more second balls and were going to play it forward quicker.
“With Jamille Matt on it was hard to deal with but I thought we dealt with it well in the end.
“They were still limited to a few chances and if they had got the third we’d have taken it on the chin, but as it was we saw it out really professionally.
“We hit the post and it would have been 4-1 or 4-0.
“We played brilliantly. It was always going to be a game where we’d be under the cosh in the second half but we dealt with it like men.”
The Brewers lost goalkeeper Jordan Pickford back to Sunderland before the match after the Black Cats recalled him from his loan.
Derby County’s Mats Morch arrived as cover for Dean Lyness, who finds himself elevated to No1 status.
The 22-year-old barely put a foot wrong in what were nightmare conditions for a keeper, with driving rain and swirling winds coming in off the Irish Sea.
“He did fantastically well,” said Rowett. “It was an easy game to drop things and spill things.
“He was assured and his kicking has improved.
“He’s a young boy desperate for a chance - he’s only 22 years old.
“Dominic Knowles came on and was great as well.