Ian Sharps scored his first goal for Burton as the Brewers beat League Two strugglers Northampton.

With the hosts dominating most of the match, Ben Tozer had the Cobblers' best chance, firing straight at Dean Lyness.

Billy Kee went close for Burton with two headers before firing wide on two occasions after the break while Jimmy Phillips, Adam McGurk and Robbie Weir also went close.

With five minutes left, Sharps headed the winner from Matty Palmer's corner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Burton boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"We knew that they'd have a little bounce back for the manager and I think they really played for [caretaker] Andy [King] today, which I think bodes well for them for the future.

"It's ironic really, because I think my first game as caretaker manager was against Northampton and we actually lost that one 1-0 late on.

"To win it 1-0 is a nice way to do it and I think that's about eight or nine games we've won 1-0 now."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards
  • 14 McCrory
  • 23 Palmer
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 06 Sharps
  • 17 Phillips
  • 08 Weir (Bell - 88' )
  • 20 McGurk
  • 29 Kee (Howe - 77' )
  • 03 Hussey (MacDonald - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Siegrist
  • 05 Diamond
  • 07 Bell
  • 09 Howe
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 18 Knowles
  • 28 Symes

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Amankwaah
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 12 Tozer
  • 06 Collins
  • 18 Reid (Emerton - 89' )
  • 17 Deegan
  • 04 Carter Booked
  • 39 McLeod (O'Donovan - 53' )
  • 11 Hackett
  • 33 Norris Booked (Moyo - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 10 O'Donovan
  • 19 Emerton
  • 20 Moyo
  • 21 McNamara
  • 23 Heath
  • 26 Harriott
Ref: James Adcock
Att: 3,312

Match Stats

Shots

20 5

On target

5 2

Corners

9 6

Fouls

11 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +2:04

Attempt missed. Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

90:00 +0:48

Attempt missed. Rene Howe (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +0:12

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:12

Foul by Danny Emerton (Northampton Town).

88:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Danny Emerton replaces Paul Reid.

87:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Robbie Weir.

84:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 1, Northampton Town 0. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jimmy Phillips with a cross.

84:17

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

84:04

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

82:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Luke Norris.

82:09

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

82:09

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:34

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

79:10

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Matt Duke.

78:46

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

78:32

Attempt blocked. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:20

Attempt missed. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

76:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Rene Howe replaces Billy Kee.

75:54

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:54

Foul by Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town).

75:34

Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:43

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:43

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

74:01

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

73:26

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:26

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

69:52

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

68:56

Hand ball by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

67:52

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

66:38

Attempt missed. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

66:01

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

65:27

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:27

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

61:56

Attempt saved. Roy O'Donovan (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Chris Hussey.

60:00

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:00

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

59:08

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

58:45

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

56:43

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

55:55

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

54:10

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

53:03

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

53:03

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Roy O'Donovan replaces Izale McLeod because of an injury.

48:33

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:33

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

47:23

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

45:52

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +2:41 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +2:16 Booking

Booking Darren Carter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +2:13

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +2:13

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

44:36

Foul by Chris Hussey (Burton Albion).

44:36

Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:30

Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:07

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

43:07

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:55

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Collins.

42:36

Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

41:38

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:38

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

40:23

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

40:23

Paul Reid (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:25

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

37:50

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

37:50

Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:01

Attempt saved. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

36:47

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Gary Deegan.

36:14 Booking

Booking Luke Norris (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

35:50

Attempt missed. Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

34:03

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Matt Duke.

33:51

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

32:52

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

32:52

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:26

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

31:00

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:59

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

30:33

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

30:07

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

27:54

Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

27:28

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:28

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

20:39

Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:39

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

18:24

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:24

Foul by Izale McLeod (Northampton Town).

17:19

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:55

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:55

Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).

11:20

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

11:20

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:31

Foul by Chris Hussey (Burton Albion).

9:31

Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:00

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:00

Foul by Izale McLeod (Northampton Town).

7:27

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

7:27

Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:31

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:31

Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).

4:41

Attempt blocked. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

3:35

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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