Gary Rowett: Burton Albion play-off advantage no reason to celebrate

Gary Rowett

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett says the Brewers cannot afford to be complacent in the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final against Bradford City.

The Brewers take a one-goal lead into Sunday's return tie at the Pirelli Stadium after a Calvin Zola double helped them to a 3-2 win on Thursday.

Rowett told BBC Radio Derby: "We are not celebrating anything yet.

"We are speaking about one goal swinging it all again."

Rowett added: "If [James] Hanson nods one in after three minutes then everything is going to change.

"I've been here in the play-offs before when you sense that you have got a chance and then someone slaps you on the backside."

And even though the Brewers boss admits his side is in a better position to book a trip to Wembley than he had anticipated before the semi-final opener at Valley Parade, he refuses to be lulled into a false sense of security.

"I would have settled to come here and been a goal down and have something to chase at home, but now it is a very different game and we've got something to protect," Rowett said.

"What is important is that we put in another thoroughly professional performance. If we do that, then we give ourselves a chance."

Burton defender Zander Diamond said his team-mates share Rowett's view.

"The result gives us a great chance at the Pirelli, but it is only half-time in this tie," the 28-year-old added. "We now have to dust ourselves down and do it all again.

"We have something to hold on to and I hope we do ourselves justice in the second leg."

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