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Burton Albion 1-0 Plymouth Argyle

Callum McFadzean scored the only goal as Burton Albion beat Plymouth.

McFadzean, on loan from Sheffield United, steered a 10-yard shot past Jake Cole after being fed by Billy Kee.

Kee had a 25-yard shot tipped over, Jimmy Phillips rifled a shot against the post and Damien McCrory skimmed the crossbar as Burton were on top.

Reuben Reid saw his shot deflected wide for the visitors, and Conor Hourihane could only shoot into the arms of keeper Rob Lainton.

The result keeps Burton in touch with third-placed Chesterfield in the race for automatic promotion to League One, whereas Plymouth's late play-off push takes a knock as they are now five points behind seventh-placed York.

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"I thought the first half was probably the best we've played all season at home.

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Post-match: Burton manager Rowett

"We tried a slightly different formation which allowed the three midfielders to get a little bit closer to the front two and I thought the front two did terrifically well.

"I hoped that Billy (Kee) and Gary (Alexander) would have an effect with their physicality because our pitch is small and you haven't got to run quite as far.

"What we've found on big pitches is you sometimes need a bit more pace up there. But at home, as we found last year with Symesey (Michael Symes) and Billy (Kee), sometimes you can do that and I thought they held it up quite well.

"Our link-up play was excellent and we didn't really come under any pressure in the first half and we probably should have made one or two more of our shots count."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1Lainton
  • 26Gray
  • 14McCrory
  • 7Bell
  • 6Sharps
  • 25Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 15McFadzeanBooked at 58minsSubstituted forWeirat 81'minutes
  • 23Palmer
  • 9AlexanderSubstituted forSymesat 69'minutes
  • 29KeeSubstituted forMacDonaldat 56'minutes
  • 17Phillips

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 8Weir
  • 11MacDonald
  • 12Hemmings
  • 16Lyness
  • 18Knowles
  • 28Symes

Plymouth

  • 1Cole
  • 2BerrySubstituted forMorganat 66'minutes
  • 25Purrington
  • 17Nelson
  • 16TrotmanSubstituted forWottonat 45'minutes
  • 4Blanchard
  • 14YoungSubstituted forBlizzardat 73'minutes
  • 6HourihaneBooked at 61mins
  • 9Reid
  • 29Showunmi
  • 27Gurrieri

Substitutes

  • 8Boco
  • 10Morgan
  • 11Blizzard
  • 15Wotton
  • 18Harvey
  • 19Thomas
  • 32Dawson
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
2,962

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

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

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Robbie Weir replaces Callum McFadzean.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Lee Bell.

Foul by Michael Symes (Burton Albion).

Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Blizzard replaces Luke Young.

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

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Andres Gurrieri.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Michael Symes replaces Gary Alexander.

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Marvin Morgan replaces Durrell Berry.

Booking

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion).

Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Billy Kee.

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle).

Hand ball by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Burton Albion 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Paul Wotton replaces Neal Trotman because of an injury.

Half Time

First Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Attempt saved. Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale412291064392575
2Scunthorpe411918462372575
3Chesterfield411914863372671
4Fleetwood412081359461368
5Burton41181494337668
6Southend4116141150371362
7York411515114638860
8Oxford Utd411514124943659
9Plymouth401510154445-155
10Dag & Red411315134849-154
11Bury411217124944553
12Mansfield411314144352-953
13Cheltenham411215144755-851
14Newport401214144852-450
15Hartlepool411310184647-149
16Accrington411213164750-349
17Wimbledon411213164248-649
18Morecambe411212174559-1448
19Portsmouth411115154156-1548
20Exeter411211184753-647
21Bristol Rovers411114163745-847
22Wycombe411113174148-746
23Northampton411013183454-2043
24Torquay4199233559-2436
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