BURTON Albion got their League Two promotion push back on track with a tense 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley at the Pirelli Stadium yesterday.
Billy Kee celebrated his return to the starting line-up with the only goal against his former club in the 10th minute.
But it was the defence that earned most of the plaudits from assistant manager Kevin Summerfield as the Brewers moved up to ninth place in the table – just a point off the play-off places.
Albion’s No 2 said: “Keeping a clean sheet was a big priority for us.
“We thought we would get a goal somewhere and defensively I thought we played very well.
“Accrington had a lot of possession but they didn’t have the goal and we did.
“We showed last week (at Crewe) how resilient we can be when we’ve got something to hang on to – and we did it again today as a team.
“(Goalkeeper) Dean Lyness had to come and get a couple of crosses and also made a good save low down, but that was just about all he had to do.”
Kee’s fifth goal of the season clinched a first home win for the Brewers against Stanley in four attempts as a League club.
More importantly, it gave Gary Rowett’s side a much-needed boost after successive League defeats against Aldershot Town and Wycombe Wanderers.
Summerfield said: “We were a bit disappointed we didn’t do a big more attacking wise in the first half, but the wind didn’t help us like it didn’t help them second half.
“But I thought we did start to get a little bit more shape and possession in their half and actually created a few more chances for ourselves.
“At the end of the day it was all about winning the game, and we’ll do that more often if we can continue to show the mentality we showed today.
“It was an important win especially after not playing on Saturday because it meant we were playing a little bit of catch up.
“The division just got stretched out a bit more, but these three points have got us back up in the top 10.
“If we can perform really well at Chesterfield on Saturday and Barnet the following week, it will set us up nicely for the second half of the season.”
Accrington boss Leam Richardson claimed former England striker James Beattie was a big miss for his side.
Beattie had to be pulled from the team after picking up an injury in the warm-up.
Richardson said: “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game in respect of our good possession.
“We got into good areas and the only thing that was lacking was that we needed to be a bit more clinical.
“Unfortunately, you don’t win football games with possession and you don’t win them with chances on goal.
“You win games by putting the ball in the back of the net – and Burton beat us on that score.
“Their goal came against the run of play, but you have to deal with setbacks like that but all we did was knock on the door without managing to score.
“It was disappointing that we worked so hard to get in good areas without making the most of them.
“Obviously James Beattie was a big miss for us, but he felt something in the warm-up and I decided to pull him out of the team rather than run the risk of him possibly missing more games.”