Burton Albion strike pair earn rich praise from manager Gary Rowett
GARY Rowett heaped praise on Burton Albion's strike partnership after they shared the goals in a thrilling 3-2 Boxing Day win over Rochdale.
Billy Kee scored twice, one created for him by Calvin Zola, who netted the other when he played a one-two with Kee and was sent clear by a delightful backheel.
"I told the front two before the game that they could win it for us as a pair – and that's what they've done," said Rowett.
"On their day, they are a real threat and they were terrific this time. I just wish they were both on their day more often!
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"Just look at the chances we created; an awful lot of them."
The Brewers made it hard work for themselves, going 2-0 up and then, after Peter Cavanagh's unstoppable volley got Rochdale back into it, handing the visitors an equaliser when Nathan Stanton's poor backpass let in Bobby Grant to make it 2-2.
"We showed a lot of character to fight back after we gifted them an equaliser – the second time we've done that in successive games," said Rowett.
"Everyone dug in and was fully committed and we've got our reward for that.
"It was a good performance overall. We played some excellent stuff and took more care on the ball than we have been doing."
Rochdale manager John Coleman bemoaned his side's defending.
"The game could have gone either way but, in the end, we got stretched when we were chasing the game and they had chances.
"We've conceded soft goals again and we're going two down far too often – we can't keep doing that.
"We were better in the second half but we can't compete if we keep on conceding goals like that.
"We can't always score four goals to win a game, even though we look capable of scoring them.
"We had a big following of fans who were superb in the way they got behind us but we didn't respond well enough to it."