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We made the extra player count - Lewis
The game swung on Ian Sharps’ dismissal ten minutes before the break, which halted the home side, who had been on top.
Alfie Potter opened the scoring four minutes into the second half, but United did not over-commit in search of a second.
They simply looked to keep the ball and not take risks, wearing Burton down until Danny Rose secured the 2-0 win late on.
Lewis felt there was a marked contrast to the Wcombe game last month, when United took too many risks against ten men and ended up drawing 2-2.
He said: “We’re absolutely delighted. Even when they went down to ten men in the first half, you still know it’s going to be a really tough game.
“Sometimes when you are playing ten men it can be difficult and I thought we learnt our lesson from the Wycombe game, when we still had plenty of time to get a goal and we were a little bit rushed and hurried.
“If we had played then like we did at Burton we might have won the game instead of drawing it.
“We were patient, moved the ball quickly and eventually people get tired.
“Burton worked incredibly hard to close us down when they went down to ten men.
“But the gaps do eventually appear and we managed to take advantage.”
Sharps was sent off for kicking out at Dave Kitson, who was yellow carded for his retaliation.
And Burton might have been reduced to nine men in the second half, when Rene Howe risked a second booking with a strong challenge.
Lewis said: “I can only say what the fourth official thought, which is it was just a clash.
“Let’s not be greedy. On another day you just don’t know.
“There was still a long way to go then and it would have been nice to play against nine men, but maybe they got the benefit of the doubt because they had already had a man sent off.”
It was only Burton’s fourth home league defeat since May 2012 and although the league table is still taking shape, it was an excellent result against a team fancied to figure in the promotion race.
Lewis added: “We didn’t really make any mistakes and sometimes when you have an extra man, especially at the back, concentration is the biggest thing.
“Having 11 men against ten is not a guarantee of getting a win and I thought we made sensible decisions.”
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