Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett lauds League Cup exploits

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett said his side's 1-0 Capital One Cup victory over QPR, their first over Premier League opposition, was one of the biggest results in the club's history.

The Brewers almost beat Fulham at the same stage last season but were beaten on penalties after a thrilling tie.

Rowett said: "It is amazing. The players should be proud of one of the biggest results in the club's history.

"The players were brilliant in everything they did."

Gary Rowett

"I thought we were equally good against Fulham last season in some ways, but tonight if you look we've controlled more of the game."

The R's came closest to opening the scoring in the first half when Junior Hoilett's shot hit the bar.

But Burton, who gave a late debut to substitute Jacob Blyth on the day he signed on loan from Leicester City,  took control after the interval and secured victory courtesy of Adam McGurk's sweetly struck free-kick.

Rowett added: "We played with some really good attacking flair when we broke and counter-attacked, with some real pace and purpose. At times we opened them up quite well.

"We limited them to a few long-range shots and not many clear-cut chances. We defended amazingly and kept our shape really well. We intercepted things and won balls. There were some brilliant performances in there and a moment of brilliance from Adam at the end.

"I was really pleased and I think the players, and everyone associated with the club, should be proud of what they have achieved.

"I thought we were equally good against Fulham last season in some ways, but tonight if you look we've controlled more of the game."

Burton host Championship side Brighton in the third round.