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Gary Rowett delivers honest verdict on Derby’s poor defeat at Burton Albion

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Gary Rowett realises that some of the blame lies with him for the defeat, but the players disappointed as well.

Derby lost 3-1 to local rivals Burton Albion who were bottom of the division coming into this game.

It was a surprise defeat for the Rams because they were expected to win this game comfortably, and take advantage of the fact that the four teams below them were all playing each other.

This defeat means Derby drop out of the play-offs into seventh place behind Middlesbrough and Millwall. They can’t afford to drop any more points in the remaining three games if they want to finish in the play-offs and their next game against Middlesbrough is crucial.

Here’s what Rowett had to say about the Burton performance as quoted by The Derby Telegraph: “I don’t want to absolve myself from all responsibility because I am the manager and I take full responsibility.”

Did I pick the wrong team with only two days rest? Maybe, because one or two players looked like they were struggling physically.”

But I still think the team that went out there had enough quality to go and win the game.”

The Verdict

Rowett is right to point out that he potentially made mistakes with the starting lineup which led to fatigue playing a part. However, it was a poor display collectively and individually from the Rams and the players have to take a lot of responsibility for that.

There’s a reason why Burton are bottom of the league and Derby should have had more than enough to comfortably beat them even if they are playing away from home. The fact that some of the Burton goals came from individual errors emphasises this even further because there’s little Rowett can do to stop that.

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