Kevin Summerfield admits a clean sheet was big Burton Albion priority
ASSISTANT manager Kevin Summerfield felt circumstances justified Burton Albion's approach to the game against Accrington Stanley.
After losing their last two League Two matches, the Brewers scored early against Accrington and defended their lead efficiently at the Pirelli Stadium.
"Keeping a clean sheet was a big priority for us this week," said Summerfield.
"People might want us to go all out and attack here but, every time we do that, we start to concede goals.
"At the end of the day, it's about winning the game.
"We'll be a winning team if we can get more mentality like that, more often.
"The three points was very important, especially after not playing on Saturday.
"You're playing a bit of catch-up, as everyone else has played and the league gets stretched out a bit more.
"The points have got us back in the top 10 and it's up to us now to perform really well next week (at Chesterfield) and really well at Barnet after that to set us up for the second half of the season."
The Brewers did score a fine goal, with strikers Billy Kee and Calvin Zola combining well after a cross from Jacques Maghoma.
"It was a great goal, with Mags (Maghoma) nice and positive down the side," said Summerfield.
"They had a makeshift right-back and we'd told Mags to have a go at him every time he got the ball.
"Then there was really good link play between the two strikers.
"We thought we'd get a goal somewhere in the game.
"Yes, Accrington had a lot of possession but they didn't have a goal. We had a goal.
"The wind did not help us in the first half and it didn't help Accrington in the second half, when we started to get a bit more shape and a bit more possession in their half.
"Calvin started to win more headers, Billy started to hold it up a bit more and we got in their half and created one or two chances."
The game also saw captain Zander Diamond return after suspension in place of Aaron Webster at the heart of the defence.
"Aaron could count himself unlucky after he played very well at Crewe but that was the settled back four at the minute and they did very well," said Summerfield.
"Dean Lyness came and collected a couple of crosses and made one really good low save early on in the second half but that was about it."