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Gary Rowett purring after Burton Albion victory over Morecambe

8 February 2014

Boss Gary Rowett poured praise on his Burton Albion side after what he felt was a "fantastic" 1-0 victory at Morecambe.

On-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Zeli Ismail's stunning strike, his first senior goal, from just outside the area 20 minutes from time was enough to settle a scrappy game in difficult conditions at the Globe Arena.

It handed the Brewers a first win in four and moved them up to fifth place in Sky Bet League 2.

Rowett said: "The result's fantastic and I wanted to see something that would lift our spirits.

"And for an away performance at this time of the season, with the pressure we're under, to keep winning to stay in there I thought it was a really, really top performance.

"We played with good control for an away side, we created one or two good opportunities in that opening period and certainly got into some fantastic positions.

"We just didn't have the icing on the cake in the first half to unlock the game and the longer it went on we knew we had players who could change the game from the bench.

"We've found this season the substitutes can have more of an impact than the players who start the game and we're lucky to have Zeli Ismail, Chris Hussey and Billy Kee to bring on.

"And in the end it was a wonderful piece of magic from Zeli.

"We're really pleased, we'll keep working hard and see where we end up."

Albion enjoyed the best of the chances, Adam McGurk blazing over following a Tony Diagne mistake just before the hour mark, with Barry Roche making good saves from Gary Alexander and Alex MacDonald in the first half.

For Morecambe, Jack Redshaw saw a goal chalked off for offside on the quarter hour before stinging the gloves of Rob Lainton with a shot from 10 yards in the second period.

But Jim Bentley's side are now without a win since Boxing Day and have slipped to 13th place in the table

Bentley said: "I've got be honest, I think Burton had a little bit more know-how than us. They just had that little bit more quality and played the conditions a little bit better

"They deserved to beat us. It did take a bit of a wonder strike but as far as I'm concerned they thoroughly deserved the three points.

"It's one of those days, it's a poor pitch, it's a poor day, poor weather against a good side. They are one of the favourites for promotion and rightly so.

"We've got to dust ourselves down and stick together but we'll need to make sure we play a lot better than we did here, whether it's in terms of football or desire, aggression and determination.

"A lot of times this season it's got us results but there wasn't enough of it here to grind out a result that we need."

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