Burton boss Gary Rowett singled out new signing Ian Sharps and returning goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson after Albion maintained their impressive home form to stay firmly among the promotion front-runners with a scrappy 1-0 win against Barnet.

The Bees were unable to provide a tonic for sick boss Edgar Davids as Jacques Maghoma scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after just four minutes to secure a fifth successive win for Rowett's side at the Pirelli Stadium.

Rowett said: "We defended and we saw the game out. Barnet always seem to get a result here so I'm just pleased we've won the game - that's all that matters to me really.

"Some people could have argued we've not done much wrong at home so why change it, but I just felt as though I wanted to get both Ian and Stuart in the side.

"I think they both showed what they give us. Sharpsey has got the experience and he goes and wins headers and Tomlinson is a big presence in the penalty area."

Bees assistant manager Ulrich Landvreugd confirmed Davids had missed the trip through illness.

He said: "Edgar has a virus and wasn't well enough to travel.

"I spoke to him on the telephone the whole day on how we were going to play right up to five minutes before the game.

"I'm disappointed with the result because we played quite good, except for the first five minutes.

"We knew how Burton would play with the long ball to the striker and everyone working around him. We trained on that but that was what got them the goal."