Rowett pleased to spoil Oxford United's party

7:40am Monday 11th August 2014

By David Pritchard

THE Kassam Stadium is rapidly becoming one of Burton Albion’s favourite grounds according to manager Gary Rowett.

Lucas Akins’s close range shot just before half-time gave the Brewers a 1-0 opening day victory.

It came hot on the heels of a 2-1 success on the same ground in March, which helped Burton on their way to securing a play-off place.

Rowett felt the memory of the win in the spring helped on Saturday.

The Burton boss said: “It’s no easy place to come first game of the season, but I would say this is one of our more favourite places to come and play after last season.

“That took away the fear factor, but nevertheless I think we had to dig in and do the right things.”

The visitors were on the back foot for most of the first half, as United dominated possession.

Rowett added: “It took us a while to get to grips with their shape and I think we need to press with a little more intensity in the first 20 minutes.

“Once we’d coped with that I thought it was a case of ‘can we see the game out?’”

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