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Cambridge United 2-3 Burton Albion

Burton Albion's players celebrate the League Two title
Burton will play in League One next season, the highest level in which they have ever competed

Ten-man Burton Albion secured the League Two title with a superb comeback victory at lowly Cambridge United.

The Brewers, knowing a win would ensure top spot irrespective of how second-placed Shrewsbury fared, led through Stuart Beavon's header but Tom Elliott headed the hosts level.

Robbie Simpson's penalty put the U's ahead after Harrison Dunk was fouled by goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, who saw red.

But a stunning Phil Edwards strike made it 2-2 and Kevin Stewart's shot won it.

Nearly 1,900 Brewers fans celebrated a thrilling victory in style, but they seemed to be celebrating almost from the off after hearing Shrewsbury trailed to a third-minute goal at home to Plymouth.

As it transpired, Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink would have led his side to the title even had they lost, something that seemed likely when their 10 men trailed 2-1 with 20 minutes left.

Away-day success
Burton Albion lost only twice in their last 15 away matches on their way to becoming League Two champions and managed a total of 12 league wins away from the Pirelli Stadium.

It had started well for the side already assured of promotion to League One for the first time in history, with Beavon's clever header from Damien McCrory's fine left-wing cross deservedly putting them ahead.

But Elliott headed the hosts level on 25 minutes and the U's began to get on top after the interval, as Simpson, Liam Hughes, Tom Champion and Sullay Kaikai all had chances.

And the pressure told when a poor header by George Taft led to McLaughlin bringing down Dunk and Simpson just about beat replacement keeper Scott Shearer from the penalty spot.

However, the Brewers regrouped and right-back Edwards equalised with a stunning 30-yard strike.

Stewart then sent the travelling support crazy with two minutes left, hitting an unlikely winner with a fine left-footed shot.

Damien McCrory (left) congratulates Stuart Beavon after Burton's first-half goal
Stuart Beavon (right) scored seven goals for Burton this season, with six coming in the league
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink took over as Brewers boss in November 2014

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 13Norris
  • 2Tait
  • 4Coulson
  • 18Nelson
  • 3Taylor
  • 31Kaikai
  • 8ChampionSubstituted forMorrisseyat 87'minutes
  • 17Hughes
  • 11Dunk
  • 10ElliottSubstituted forBirdat 85'minutes
  • 15Simpson

Substitutes

  • 9Slew
  • 14Hunt
  • 23Morrissey
  • 25Mendez-Laing
  • 27Taylor
  • 29Horne
  • 32Bird

Burton

  • 1McLaughlinBooked at 67mins
  • 2Edwards
  • 4MousinhoBooked at 69mins
  • 3Cansdell-SherriffSubstituted forTaftat 45'minutesBooked at 55mins
  • 14McCroryBooked at 86mins
  • 10Akins
  • 8WeirSubstituted forShearerat 69'minutes
  • 15Naylor
  • 21El Khayati
  • 9Beavon
  • 20McGurkSubstituted forStewartat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taft
  • 11Stewart
  • 23Palmer
  • 27Harness
  • 31Maynard
  • 33Shearer
  • 36Johnstone
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
7,109

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Burton Albion 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Burton Albion 3.

Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

Hand ball by Ryan Bird (Cambridge United).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Will Norris.

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

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Burton Albion 3. Kevin Stewart (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Gearoid Morrissey replaces Tom Champion.

Booking

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Ryan Bird replaces Tom Elliott.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Will Norris.

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

Attempt missed. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Burton Albion 2. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Abdenasser El Khayati following a set piece situation.

Foul by Sullay Kaikai (Cambridge United).

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Josh Coulson.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Burton Albion 1. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Scott Shearer replaces Robbie Weir.

Dismissal

Jon McLaughlin (Burton Albion) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Penalty Cambridge United. Harrison Dunk draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jon McLaughlin (Burton Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Tom Champion (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Kevin Stewart replaces Adam McGurk.

Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United).

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton462810869393094
2Shrewsbury462781167313689
3Bury462671360402085
4Wycombe462315867452284
5Southend4624121054381684
6Stevenage462012146254872
7Plymouth4620111555371871
8Luton4619111654441068
9Newport461811175154-365
10Exeter461713166165-464
11Morecambe461712175352163
12Northampton46187216762561
13Oxford Utd461516155049161
14Dag & Red46178215859-159
15Wimbledon461416165460-658
16Portsmouth461415175254-257
17Accrington461511205877-1956
18York461119164651-552
19Cambridge461312216166-551
20Carlisle46148245674-1850
21Mansfield46139243862-2448
22Hartlepool46129253970-3145
23Cheltenham46914234067-2741
24Tranmere46912254567-2239
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