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Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett turns attention to next season

26 May 2014

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett has immediately turned his attention to the 2014/15 Sky Bet League 2 campaign after a 1-0 Play-Off Final defeat to Fleetwood Town at Wembley Stadium.

Antoni Sarcevic scored the only goal of the game in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final and that secured Fleetwood's sixth promotion in 10 seasons.

The agonisingly narrow loss for the Brewers, which comes a year after they lost out to Bradford City in the Play-Off Semi-Finals, means they will play in Sky Bet League 2 for a sixth consecutive year.

But Rowett, who took over as permanent boss at the Pirelli Stadium in May 2012, remained upbeat.

In his post-match press conference, he said: "It was disappointing but you've got two choices, and I said it to the players last season after the Bradford game; you've got to use this little bit of pain and hurt that you're feeling to come back stronger.

"We have certainly done that this season. It has been a very, very difficult and challenging campaign - probably much harder than last year - but we've come back stronger and we've ended up with a great day for the fans and for everyone involved at the club.

"As soon as the final whistle went, flashing through my mind was, 'right, OK - what do we need to do next season to become better?'

"We try to move things forward all the time, try to use some business principles and say, 'can we keep trying to improve, slowly but surely, in a sustainable manner?'

"I think we'll have another excellent season next year."

The match-winning goal from Sarcevic was a looping free-kick that sailed over Burton Albion goalkeeper Dean Lyness, who misjudged the flight of the ball.

It came in the 75th minute of the match after Billy Kee and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff had spurned chances to give the Brewers the lead.

Rowett believes a few of his players could've done more but quickly denied any insinuation that his goalkeeper, who had impressed over recent weeks, was to blame.

"I've said get your chin up [to goalkeeper Lyness]," he added.

"Unfortunately in a lot of these games that we've seen over the past few weeks - the Play-Off games, the Champions League Final - a mistake dictates the result and defines a close game.

"He has been excellent and his handling was really, really good today and made one or two saves early on when we were perhaps a little nervous so I can't be disappointed with him - he's going to be disappointed enough for himself.

"There will be two or three of those players coming off thinking maybe they could have done a little bit more, and they'll learn from that.

"I'm a young manager, with two years in the Play-Offs - one a losing semi-finalist and one a losing finalist now - and all you can do is take from that experience and learn exactly what you feel you need to, to make you a little bit stronger and a little bit better in your job."

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