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Summerfield praises battling Burton

8 November 2012

Burton assistant manager Kevin Summerfield praised his side after seeing them pick up a 2-1 victory at Plymouth to soar to fifth in npower League Two.

Argyle had taken a 49th-minute lead through substitute Paris Cowan-Hall but still tumbled to their fourth successive defeat. Burton levelled on 74 minutes as central defender Nathan Stanton headed home from close range after a corner led to a goalmouth scramble.

The Brewers sealed all three points five minutes later when Robbie Weir swooped to head home a 79th-minute winner after home keeper Jake Cole failed to hold Chris Palmer's cross.

Summerfield admitted: "We were pleased to win, without doubt, but we were also very fortunate. But that's life and that's football. Sometimes, when you draw level away from home, you can sit back, but we didn't, we levelled and then went for it and got the result.

"I don't think they collapsed, but I do think we got a grip on the game after we scored the goal, which is unusual for us because, if we go behind and then get on level terms, we have a tendency to sit back. But, to be fair, we didn't do that, we went forward more after we scored the goal.

"We were pleased the side showed a bit of bottle to come back. We think we can be a lot better than we were - we know we can - but we still have the character within the group to roll our sleeves up and dig something out. That's a massive win for us.

"They are a good group to work with, which bodes well for them, we just need a little bit of luck along the way. We are at Cheltenham on Saturday, which is another tough game."

Argyle boss Carl Fletcher declared his displeasure at seeing his side throw away a one-goal lead, saying: "We are obviously very disappointed. They have had two corners all game I think, something like that. We were in total control of the game and still ended up losing.

"I thought the first half was pretty much a non-event but we did our jobs and stuck to our tasks and, as the game went on, we got better and better and got a foothold in the game. In the second half we came out and did really well and had enough chances to see the game out. But the game is for 90 minutes not 70.

"We will dust ourselves down, we have got a quick turnaround before Gillingham here on Saturday and will look forward to the game. We will go through the DVD again, we will look at the whole game and reassess. When you look at a game again, there are always good things you miss out, and there are always things you can improve on that we don't usually see at the time."

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