Burton assistant boss Gary Rowett admitted his side were lucky to win in the manner they did after defeating Rochdale 2-1.

He felt that despite Albion's form not being great recently, they deserved the rub of the green as Cleveland Taylor's shot flew into the net to set them on their way. Shaun Harrad doubled their lead, before Chris O'Grady pulled a goal back.

Rowett paid tribute to the hard-working nature of his players, saying: "We got a spot of luck with the first goal. But you earn your luck and away from home at places like this sometimes you have to do the ugly side of the game well."

He added: "We dug in very well and did that better than we had done in the last six or seven games and while we rode our luck early on, I thought we did enough to deserve something from the match.

"Sometimes, when you haven't won for seven or eight games, you need something like Cleveland's goal to go in for you. You need that little bit of fortune and as soon as we got it you could see we were lifted by it.

"Sometimes we have lacked a little bit of quality and a Plan B because we haven't had those type of players, but they are a fantastic bunch and they deserved the win."

Rochdale assistant manager Dave Flitcroft was disappointed that his side did not end their final home game of the season with a win.

"It's a real disappointing finish to the season, he said.

"We are disappointed because we don't like losing matches, and with this being our final home game of the season we wanted to bow out with a win."

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