League Two: Burton manager Gary Rowett praised team's work ethic after beating Bradford 3-2
Burton manager Gary Rowett praised his team's work ethic after emerging from Bradford with a 3-2 play-off lead.
Last Updated: 03/05/13 6:58am
Man of the match Calvin Zola was the chief destroyer as he helped himself to a six-minute first-half double and Albion will now hope their excellent home form, where they won 17 of 23 games in the regular campaign, will help them prevail on Sunday.
A place at Wembley on 18th May awaits and Rowett told Sky Sports: "We knew it was going to be a very difficult task coming here.
"The crowd proved that they're almost like an extra man. I thought they were magnificent tonight and as a first leg in the play-offs for League Two, what a fantastic advert (it was).
"We had a game plan, we stuck to it, it worked really, really well, (although) a little disappointed with the second goal to cut the deficit to one but apart from that a thoroughly pleasing evening."
When questioned on the validity of Bradford's spot-kick when Garry Thompson thrashed a shot into the body of Damien McCrory which kick-started the Bantams' recovery, Rowlett added: "I'll be honest with you at the time I didn't think it was a penalty.
"He's hit it like a rocket at him and the referee who was 10 yards away didn't give it and the linesman who was 50 yards did give it so I was a little bit disappointed but then it was pointed out to me on the sideline that it actually was a penalty, which was fine."
Zola was equally elated and said: "All goals, as a striker will tell you, are as good as each another and these obviously were pretty special on a pretty special night really.
"If you told us that would be the score at the start of the game we would have taken it. We would have been very happy with that. Obviously we looked like we could have scored a little more goals. We will go home with a 3-2 win and hopefully we can finish the business at home."
And Albion captain Zander Diamond agreed: "It was a great game to play in. We knew what it was going to be like. A full house here and I thought we acquitted ourselves really well and we're looking forward to Sunday now."