PLAY-OFF SET­BACK AT BLUES FO­CUSES ROWETT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFFS - By Graeme Mick­el­son

BUR­TON boss Gary Rowett ad­mits his play-off heartache with Birm­ing­ham means he will take noth­ing for granted de­spite his side’s semi­fi­nal ad­van­tage.

Rowett’s side took a ma­jor step closer to Wem­b­ley on Thurs­day when Calvin Zola’s fine dou­ble and Rob­bie Weir’s strike gave them a 3-2 vic­tory over Brad­ford at Val­ley Pa­rade.

Zola’s bul­let header put the Brew­ers 1-0 up af­ter 22 min­utes and he dou­bled his side’s ad­van­tage two min­utes later with an ar­rowed strike into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Nahki Wells pulled a goal back for Brad­ford af­ter Damien McCrory han­dled in the area but Weir re­stored his side’s two-goal ad­van­tage just be­fore the break.

But Garry Thomp­son trimmed the deficit with a thump­ing 25-yarder – which skimmed off team­mate Gary Jones – mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Still, the Brew­ers are in the box seat but Rowett, who as a Birm­ing­ham player was on the wrong end of a 4-0 thump­ing against Barns­ley in the first leg in 2000, is just pleased his side are still in the tie.

“We are not cel­e­brat­ing any­thing yet.We are speak­ing about one goal swing­ing it all again,” said Rowett.

“I’ve been here be­fore when you sense that you’ve got a chance then some­one slaps you on the back­side.”

Brad­ford boss Phil Parkinson, mean­while, was releived to still be in the tie. He said:“Af­ter the way we played in the first half I’m glad we’re only one goal be­hind.”

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