Football - Rowett upbeat despite play-off pain

Burton boss Gary Rowett insists the club can take plenty of positives from this season despite the disappointment of their promotion dream coming to an end with play-off defeat to Bradford.

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Bradford, 3-2 down from Thursday's first leg at Valley Parade, recorded their first-ever win at the Pirelli Stadium, triumphing 3-1 on Sunday courtesy of Nahki Wells' double either side of James Hanson's goal.

Jacques Maghoma levelled up the tie from the penalty spot but Burton could not get themselves back on terms again after Wells had struck his 25th goal of the season - and his fifth against Albion this campaign - with the Bantams emerging 5-4 victors on aggregate.

The Brewers finished the regular season fourth in the table - their highest-ever Football League placing - and had the best home record in League Two, winning 17 of their home matches and losing just three.

"They were a little tougher than us and a little stronger when they needed to be," said Rowett.

"They have a lot of experience in their team and I think that possibly came out, and you have to say well done to Bradford because when they have needed to they have put in a huge performance.

"But there are so many positives to take from this season. Before the game I said to the players and staff that we have already won no matter what happens.

"And I don't mean that in a defeatist way. For a club like Burton to have achieved what we have this season, to stay in the top 10 pretty much all season and to be in the top seven for something like the last 16 matches, to sustain it, that is something we can all be proud about.

"We are all hurting at the moment but when we look back I think we will be able to stick our chests out and be proud of what we have done."

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