GARY Rowett says the strength of his Burton Albion squad again came to the fore in Tuesday’s night’s breathtaking League Cup clash with Fulham.
The Premier League side beat the Brewers on penalties after a sensational 2-2 draw at the Pirelli Stadium.
And Rowett paid tribute to the role his substitutes again played after they turned the match.
“We’ve got some amazing players in there,” said a delighted Albion boss. “Jimmy Phillips has not been in the squad and Adam Reed as well, and they came in and did fantastically well.
“What we’ve got this season is not only a better squad, I think we’ve got better options coming off the bench.
“The players coming on are giving us, in some ways, more than the ones on the pitch.”
The changes made by Rowett on Saturday injected new life into the Brewers as they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Bury.
It happened again on Tuesday, with Michael Symes grabbing his second goal in two games after coming off the bench.
“You need impact from the sidelines,” said Rowett. “If you look at the substitutes, like Saturday they’ve changed the game again.
“If we’d started with Jimmy and Reedy in there and brought Robbie (Weir) and Belly (Lee Bell) on, they might not have had the same impact.
“They’re all different players.
“What they’ve got to understand is you can cause the opposition just as many problems by coming on for the last 25 minutes.
“Michael Symes has been brilliant.
“For 15 to 20 minutes he’s done as much in that time as anyone.
“I’m not saying he can’t start a game, but if he does he could get to 50 minutes and be knackered playing like that.
“We’ve got a really good group of players and I’m immensely proud of them again.”
Rowett is also pleased that Albion remain unbeaten in 90 minutes this season.
“We’ve got a really good group and (assistant boss) Kev Summerfield just reminded me that over normal time we’re still unbeaten this season,” he said.
“I thought we had some absolutely brilliant performances on the night and to take a Premier League side to penalties after extra-time and being three minutes away from beating them was absolutely incredible.”
BURTON Albion’s independent supporters’ association is running a coach to Accrington on Saturday.
It departs at 11.15am from the Beacon Hotel, in Tutbury Road.
A coach will also depart from the Beacon at 6pm on Tuesday for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Notts County.
Further information is available on 07826 230365.
THE club’s official supporters’ club is also running a coach to Meadow Lane on Tuesday, departing the Pirelli Stadium at 6.15pm and returning at around 10.30pm. Coach tickets cost £8.
Match tickets are available on the door and cost £10 for adults and £8 for senior citizens and those aged 16 to 21. Under-16s can get into Meadow Lane for just £2.