Bosses staying hard to please despite seventh home win on the spin
ASSISTANT manager Kevin Summerfield emphasised the standards Burton Albion are now setting themselves, declaring that the Brewers had not been at their best in beating Exeter City 4-2 at the Pirelli Stadium.
Burton were 3-0 ahead at half-time with the game effectively won but Summerfield and manager Gary Rowett were dissatisfied.
"We might have got carried away a little bit with the 4-0 win away at Fleetwood and I think it showed," said Summerfield.
"We were a little bit lackadaisical. Even though we were 3-0 up at half-time, we weren't happy.
"It's the standards we set ourselves. We were saying 'they're not doing this, they're not doing that, this is not working.'
"We needed to up the tempo in the second half. We did that a bit but, over the 90 minutes, we were not as good as we've been over the last three or four weeks."
Summerfield felt that his centre-halves, central midfielders and target man Michael Symes were the key to victory.
"We had three or four players down the middle of the pitch who really put a shift in and dragged us over the line," he said.
"Sharpsy and Bob (Ian Sharps and Marcus Holness) at the back did well for the majority of the game.
"The two centre-midfield players (Lee Bell and Robbie Weir) have been the heart of our team this season.
"Every game, we know what we're going to get from them. They'll press, they'll chase, they'll win the ball.
"And Michael Symes produced an early goal and it seemed to kick him on to a great team performance. For me, he was man of the match.
"It was an old-fashioned type of centre-forward display of guts and endeavour from him."
The game saw the Brewers complete a hat-trick of wins against play-off rivals in their seventh home win in succession and Summerfield was obviously happy about that.
"At the end of the day, we've scored four goals and got three more points," he added.
"The main thing we needed out of this was the three points."