Rowett salutes Burton resilience

Rowett: Still smiling

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Gary Rowett shrugged off a second successive home stalemate as Burton extended their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers.

The Brewers trailed to a first-half strike by David Clarkson, but made it eight games without defeat thanks to a Billy Kee header after the break.

Rowett said: "We didn't quite manage to win it, but I've still got a smile on my face because we showed great to get back into the game."

The Burton chief declared himself pleased with his side's response after giving them an angry half-time team talk, saying: "I was really disappointed with the way we played in the first half and I let rip with a few words in the dressing room.

"I felt the two midfielders and the two centre-halves were absolutely brilliant, but around those four we needed to do more to get back into the game. We just needed to be on the front foot a little bit more and show a little bit more anticipation when the ball dropped.

"On top of that, it was a poor goal for us to concede, but that happens. We were much better in the second half and in the end we tried and pushed for the winner, which is all you can ask."