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'It was close to being a perfect away showing'

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

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GARY Rowett was determined to look on the bright side despite seeing his Burton Albion team succumb to Chris Zebroski's late winner on Saturday.

The former Everton and Birmingham City defender watched the Brewers frustrate Cheltenham Town for 85 minutes before their luck ran out and Zebroski capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Mark Oxley.

"In terms of an away performance against a really tough side in this division I thought we did brilliantly well," Rowett said.

"I am proud of the performance and I think it shows a lot about us as a team.

"We weathered a lot of set-pieces and it looked like that might be their only way of getting a goal, but fair play to Cheltenham because they kept going and got one.

"It was probably the most fortunate set-piece they had and Ox (Oxley) tried to land on it and it was a bad goal to concede, but we had one or two opportunities and with more composure we could have taken them."

Rowett was particularly pleased with performance of specialist centre-half Nathan Stanton, who filled in at left-back and kept Robins dangerman Jermaine McGlashan unusually quiet.

"Nathan did brilliantly and he did me a favour really playing at left-back like the professional that he is," he said.

"We have possibly been fortunate to win a couple of games recently such as Southend (1-0) and Plymouth (2-1) and that luck ran out, but I still think it was a fantastic away performance and sometimes you have to take it on the chin.

"We can't let the result deter from what we've achieved so far and what we can potentially achieve in the coming games."

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