Zeli’s bit of magic has Gary dream­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tom Bel­ger To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

SUB­STI­TUTE Zeli Is­mail’s wonder strike had Gary Rowett lick­ing his lips in de­light but the Bur­ton boss ad­mits he is hun­gry for more as Al­bion got their pro­mo­tion push back on track.

Be­fore their trip to More­cambe, the Brew­ers had failed to win in four games while their last away vic­tory had not come since the end of November.

But that stat was cor­rected thanks to Is­mail’s first Foot­ball League goal on 72 min­utes which saw him cut in from the left to blast in a low shot past Barry Roche.

It was far from a flow­ing per­for­mance from ei­ther side but with the win leav­ing his side fifth in the ta­ble, Rowett was not com­plain­ing.

“For an away per­for­mance in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions and a dif­fi­cult pitch we coped re­ally, re­ally well with it,” said the for­mer Derby de­fender.

“In the end it was an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful piece of magic from Zeli to get the goal.

“There’s a real be­lief about the squad and about the play­ers that we are do­ing the right thing.

“Ev­ery­one around us has wob­bled a lit­tle bit in terms of not keep­ing on win­ning but we’ve taken about 26 points from 13 games.

“So I think we have a ter­rific record but we want to be greedy and we want to win ev­ery game and be up right near the top.”

More­cambe were dealt a blow when left-back Robbie Threlfall was forced off with a head in­jury on 13 min­utes, be­fore Jack Red­shaw had a goal ruled out for off­side.

Bur­ton then be­gan to push for­ward with More­cambe keeper Roche sav­ing im­pres­sively from Gary Alexan­der and then Alexan­der Mac­don­ald.

The hosts had a great chance to take the lead af­ter the hour mark as Jamie De­vitt set up El­li­son but the striker headed over.

And with the visi­tors then happy to de­fend their lead fol­low­ing Is­mail’s goal, More­cambe’s win­less streak ex­tended to six games.

“I’ve got to be hon­est and I think they had a lit­tle more knowhow than us and they had much more qual­ity than we had,” said More­cambe man­ager Jim Bent­ley.

“They got hold of the ball bet­ter and made bet­ter de­ci­sions and de­served to beat us.

“It did take a bit of a wonder strike to win the game.

“But as far as I’m con­cerned we got what we de­served.We never fought enough.

“You can see how tight the league is, a win could have seen us go eighth but a de­feat and you drop into the bot­tom half and now we are look­ing over our shoul­der.”



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