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Rowett salutes resilient Brewers

Gary Rowett saluted Burton's resilience after they ground out a 1-0 win against Plymouth to move closer to an automatic promotion spot.

Loan signing Callum McFadzean's goal secured a crucial victory for the Brewers and left Plymouth looking like outsiders for a place in the play-offs.

Burton boss Rowett said: "I'm the biggest advocate of playing exciting football but it looks at the moment that solidity is our strength.

"We knew that they would throw three big men in there to try to break us down in the second half, but we defended fantastically well and managed to hang on to the three points."

Burton could have been more than a goal to the good after dominating the first half.

Billy Kee had a 25-yard shot tipped over by Jake Cole while Jimmy Phillips and Damien McCrory both hit the woodwork.

Burton's pressure paid dividends in the 26th minute when McFadzean steered in a 10-yard shot after a mistake by Neal Trotman.

Rowett said: "The first half was probably as well as we've played at home all season.

"We tried a slightly different formation, which allowed the midfielders to get a bit closer to the front two, and it worked really well.

"Our link-up play was excellent and possibly we should have made more of the situations we created.

"We 'd love to go on and win games by three or four goals, but at the moment it does look as though that solidity is our strength.

"We've got to make sure we don't lose that in the remaining five games."