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League Two

Rowett states case for defence

16 September 2012

Burton's clean sheet in the 4-0 home win over Oxford pleased Albion boss Gary Rowett more than his side's blistering finishing.

Calvin Zola and Jacques Maghoma shared the goals as the U's crumbled to their third successive defeat.

However, it was Burton's defensive qualities that earned praise from Rowett.

``Clean sheets win you games,`` he said. ``You start with a point and if you don't concede it gives you a great chance to go on and win games when you've got forward players like ours.``

Burton gave a masterclass in finishing from the moment Zola turned and volleyed in from 25 yards in the 26th minute and the striker then set up midfielder Maghoma, who shot into the top corner on the stroke of half time.

The pair continued to torment Oxford after the break, Maghoma curling in a free-kick from the edge of the area in the 65th minute before providing the cross from which Zola volleyed his second of the game a minute later.

``I thought Calvin was immense today and his first goal changed the game,`` said Rowett. ``Up until then, Oxford were probably as threatening a team attacking-wise as we've played against.

``But we defended well and that gave us the platform to use our good pace in wide areas and the ability we've got up front.''`

Oxford boss Wilder felt his side were their own worst enemy on a below-par afternoon at the Pirelli Stadium.

``It's probably my most disappointing afternoon in my four-and-a-half years at the club,`` he said. ``We've got to be better than that because the main things I've always said about my teams is that they will compete and work hard. We've now got a lot of work to do because we need to get out of this run quickly.``

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