Fitness levels a key factor for Burton Albion, says boss Gary Rowett
GARY Rowett declared himself "ecstatic" after watching his Burton Albion side record their best-ever away win in the Football League.
Rowett's theory that the Brewers are fitter than most opponents and can take advantage of that later in games was proved in emphatic fashion as they hit three goals in the last 15 minutes to wrap up a 4-0 win against Fleetwood Town.
"I don't think any team this season has been fitter than us," said Rowett.
"We've been very, very strong throughout the games and we have some very good options off the bench.
"This time, for example, we were able to bring Calvin Zola and Adam Drury on.
"Even at 0-0 at half-time, we had done a lot of good things in the first half.
"It was obviously a difficult pitch to play on and there wasn't going to be an awful lot of terrific football played, which hampered both sides a bit.
"You don't just go away from home and tip-tap the ball around and hope you're going to win. You have to be resolute and quell that bit of adventure that the home team is going to have.
"At half-time, I thought we had a little bit more to give in terms of energy in the forward areas and if we could do that, we had a chance of getting something.
"The penalty and sending-off changed the game and we knew, in the last 10 minutes, they were going to have to come out at us and it would leave some spaces.
"We turned a good performance into an excellent one with the finishes."
After two solid away draws, at Oxford United and Wimbledon, the result at Fleetwood was Burton's first away win since November.
"We felt after the Oxford game and the Wimbledon game that we could build on something," said Rowett.
"We'd played better, we'd had better unity and better discipline and I felt we could take that on another step.
"If you look at our best performances this season, they have been really solid, hardworking performances and I'm not ashamed of that."