Rowett admits 'it's not good enough' after second Albion defeat in week
MANAGER Gary Rowett admitted Burton Albion were "not good enough" as they slipped to a second successive defeat on Saturday, going down 3-0 at Wycombe Wanderers.
But Rowett weighed his disappointment with the Brewers' performance against his annoyance with referee David Webb after a penalty and the sending-off of Zander Diamond after 57 minutes proved a pivotal moment in the game.
"One decision can change an awful lot of things but our performance wasn't good enough," said Rowett.
"That's two games in a row in which we need to do a whole lot better.
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"In the first half, we weren't quite good enough but we still got into some good areas, got some balls into the box that we needed to do more with and we had eight or nine corners.
"We needed to capitalise on that.
"But I thought the referee changed the game.
"I didn't agree with the decision for the penalty and certainly not for the sending-off.
"I felt the ball went 20-30 yards across the penalty area and their player wasn't reaching it, so I don't see how it was denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
"I thought, after that, we struggled to get to grips with the game.
"But there are things which gall you. When I see (Wycombe centre-half) David Winfield has made about 35 fouls on Calvin Zola during the game and the ref talks to him in the 90th minute, I just find that very hard to understand."
Rowett was unhappy with Burton's defending for the first goal, as Dean Morgan won a header before Joel Grant found too much room for a shot, which Dean Lyness saved, only for Matt McClure to score from the rebound.
"That was a poor goal to concede, to let the lad win the header in the way he did," he said.
"We are a lot bigger and stronger in there and we should have won that header. Then we backed off in the box, which was suicidal."
Midfielder Robbie Weir, however, was the plus-point for Burton in the game, returning to his early season form with a busy display.
"I thought Robbie Weir was absolutely brilliant, probably the best player on the park," added Rowett.
"It was his best game for a while but I'd be hard pushed after that to find anything that was up to our normal standard.
"We've got ourselves into a good position and, in the last two games, we've let ourselves down, so we've got an awful lot of work to do.
"I'm disappointed because I wanted three or four more showing that determination to get a result at places like this. We need to do more, particularly away from home."