De­lap is sign­ing of sum­mer, says Gary

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­ By Jon Palmer

BUR­TON AL­BION boss Gary Rowett is con­vinced he has made the sign­ing of the sum­mer in vastly ex­pe­ri­enced Rory De­lap af­ter he helped in­spire his new side back from two goals down to claim a point at Chel­tenham Town.

Goals from Jamie Cure­ton and By­ron Har­ri­son put the Robins 2-0 up in­side 32 min­utes, but De­lap’s long throw led to a penalty in first-half stop­page time, with Billy Kee con­vert­ing.

De­lap then calmly stroked in the lev­eller in the 56th minute from Alex Mac­Don­ald’s cor­ner to res­cue a point.

“Rory has a bit of ev­ery­thing and he played in a mid­field two in the first half and then sat in front of the back four in a 4-5-1 later on, show­ing how well he knows the game, ”Rowett said.

“His throws are so hard to de­fend for the op­po­si­tion and we need to work on them more be­cause we haven’t done that much yet.

“But he has come in and he doesn’t look like a 37-year-old, that’s for sure.

“I am re­lieved we man­aged to come back from 2-0 down at a place like Chel­tenham on the first day of the sea­son, but I am dis­ap­pointed in the end that we didn’t win the game.”

It did not look good for Bur­ton when Cure­ton slot­ted in on his Chel­tenham de­but af­ter a long clear­ance from Scott Brown de­ceived loan goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford.

Cure­ton had to be taken off on a stretcher hav­ing been clat­tered as he scored, but his re­place­ment Har­ri­son added Chel­tenham’s sec­ond 14 min­utes later.

But Russ Penn was ad­judged to have han­dled in the box, giv­ing Bur­ton a life­line be­fore the break and Robins boss Mark Yates was not happy with ref­eree Fred Gra­ham’s de­ci­sion.

“I spent two hours at a man­agers’ meet­ing at Wal­sall re­cently, with half an hour spent on hand­ball de­ci­sions and how the ref­eree has given that one against Russ Penn I will never know,” Yates said.

“We should have had one too, but he booked Terry Gor­nell for div­ing and he got them back in the game.

“It was a clear penalty be­cause there was a noise and con­tact.

“Maybe the ref­eree was ring rusty on the first day, but Bur­ton got away with it and credit to them for fight­ing back.

“The goal de­flated us and the sec­ond goal from a set piece was pretty aw­ful.”

Bur­ton had a goal dis­al­lowed for a foul in the sec­ond half, while Sam Deer­ing crashed an ef­fort against the bar for Chel­tenham.

The fi­nal chance fell to Phil Edwards, who popped up to nod De­lap’s huge throw inches wide.

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