Team spirit is hailed by Rowett as the Brewers battle for all the points
"THAT was the result that tells you most about the character of the team," was Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett's verdict after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.
It followed on from the Brewers' FA Cup first round replay win at Altrincham less than 48 hours before.
"I thought they did sensationally well and I'd say that was the biggest result of the season so far," said Rowett.
"We had literally a day to recover and you could see at one point that some of the lads' legs were beginning to go a little bit and Dagenham began to come back into the game.
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"To lose Calvin Zola early in the game was a big turning point as well but we showed that we have character in abundance.
"I think Dagenham hadn't lost this season if they'd gone a goal up. So, against the form team in the division, who had beaten Rotherham 5-0 last weekend, it shows we've come an awful long way."
Burton had already missed several chances to score before they went behind 28 minutes into the game, Dwight Gayle tapping in the rebound after keeper Dean Lyness, on his full League debut, had pushed Michael Spillane's penalty on to the post.
Lyness had conceded the penalty, tripping Jake Reed, but the manager had praise for the 20-year-old signing from Kidderminster Harriers
"I thought young Dean had an excellent afternoon," said Rowett.
"He said he got a bit of the ball but I didn't think we were going to get much help from the officials.
"I think he was a little unfortunate but I can understand why the referee gave it.
"What I can't understand is that we went down the other end, the ball goes in the box, the lad just barged Matt Paterson off the ball on to the floor and the referee didn't give that one.
"It's that lack of consistency sometimes which confuses us managers."
Burton hit back to take a 2-1 lead in the second half and, seconds after Dagenham equalised, Billy Kee hit a brilliant 20-yard volley to put them back in front.
"Billy came up with an absolutely magnificent winner," said Rowett.
"I wanted to play him on Thursday but I just thought about Thursday and Saturday and I wanted to save him for today. I thought he was absolutely immense for us.
"For once, we hit back quickly to put them on the back foot.
"And then we showed great professionalism to see the game out. That's something we keep saying to them. It doesn't have to look good at that point in the game. What's important is that you win."
Burton play again tomorrow, at home to Aldershot Town, but Rowett said there was no question of giving the players extra days off because of the hectic schedule.
"We were in on Friday. We did some work on Dagenham and we asked them to dig deep and be professional again," he said.
"It would be easy to say 'see you on Tuesday' but then we'd come in a little bit less prepared than we should be.
"So we'll be in on Monday and we'll do all that we need to do. There'll be no rest for the staff either, we'll all be out to games on Monday night."