Rowett pleased with ‘unplayable’ attack

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett
Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett
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Gary Rowett was delighted with his Burton Albion side as they continued their flying start to the season.

The Albion boss saw his team deservedly take all three points and felt their attacking play was too much for Pompey at times.

Rowett said: ‘I think it was an excellent all-round performance.

‘Lots of aspects of our play were very good against a good Portsmouth side.

‘Before this one, they had only lost one game since Andy Awford took over.

‘But our attacking was fantastic at times.

‘We were very disciplined with our team shape and when we do that, we are a very difficult team to break down and play against. The more a team tries to break us down, the more we will get opportunities to break into space.

‘I thought at times, our front four were almost unplayable.’

Burton were given a huge bonus as they scored the early goal and Rowett felt that allowed them to dictate the game thereafter.

He said: ‘Goals change the outlook of games.

‘When we score that early, it makes it very difficult for the opposition because they have got to chase the game.

‘The more they chase the game, the more the game opens up for us.

‘I was slightly disappointed at half-time because for 10-15 minutes of the first half, we just didn’t press with enough intensity in our own half.

‘We allowed them to play too many balls around the edge of our box.

‘With some of the players Portsmouth have got in their team, they can hurt you.

‘We had to work on that and do it a lot better in the second half.

‘I thought we did it very well and saw the game out fairly comfortably.

‘I can’t think of too many chances other than the one that dropped down and we blocked it.

‘What I was most pleased with was that we scored two terrific goals and could have had a couple more.’

– STEVE WILSON