Rowett is left frustrated as Burton's home form is missing
BURTON Albion manager Gary Rowett cut a frustrated figure after seeing his side start 2013 with a 3-0 defeat away to York City.
The result ruined what had been a good festive period for the Brewers, who had beaten Rochdale and Southend United at home in their previous two games.
Rowett admitted their away form is causing something of a concern, although they were not helped when illness kept captain Zander Diamond out of the team.
"We started the game poorly and I don't think that Zander dropping out in the morning helped our preparations but we can't use that as an excuse," said Rowett.
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"We gave them an early opportunity to get a goal, which they took, and it was poor on our behalf.
"The thing that disappointed me was that we didn't start with the urgency and intensity that we needed to – and that we are used to doing in our home games.
"I think we just have something in our mentality that we do things differently away from home than we do at home and it is something we need to change.
"I have told the lads for the last couple of games (at home) how brilliantly they have done but then we can't come away from home and perform like that.
"I can't keep saying that to them – then we go and lose the next game."
It is the third time Burton have been beaten 3-0 on their travels this season, the others being at Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers.
"It is disappointing to lose three goals again," said Rowett.
"Dean Lyness didn't have his best game and he will hold his hand up to maybe not being at his best for the second goal but he will learn from it and come back stronger.
"Even at 2-0 down, I thought we looked like creating opportunities but it wasn't to be and we have to move on."