Rowett beaming after victory

Gary Rowett was pleased with the symmetry of Burton's 1-0 victory over Northampton at the Pirelli Stadium.

Ian Sharps' 85th-minute header earned the Brewers a narrow victory to keep them in contention at the top of League Two, while inflicting a debut defeat on Cobblers caretaker boss Andy King, whose side stay bottom of the table.

And Rowett said: "It's ironic, because my first game as caretaker manager (of Burton) was against Northampton, and we lost that 1-0, so to win this 1-0 was a nice way to do it."

The hosts battered away at the Northampton goal, but were denied by former Brewer Matt Duke on a number of occasions, while Billy Kee and Robbie Weir wasted glorious chances to open the scoring before skipper Sharps' late goal - his first for the club.

"In the second half, we really came to life," said Rowett.

"I said to them at half-time that there were four or five in their squad who didn't play regularly, so the longer it went on, the more our energy and fitness would come into play.

"And it opened up from the first minute of the second half, when Billy Kee had some good chances in and around the box, and he's missed two or three which normally he would tuck away.

"I felt as though our patience was rewarded in the end."

On the goal, Rowett said: "If you'd have said we'd win with an Ian Sharps header from a corner, I'd have thought you were eating magic mushrooms over Christmas.

"It was a real surprise, but Sharpsy should score more.

"He got up fantastically well, and it's about time he scored."