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Burton Albion 0-0 Crewe Alexandra

Burton's goal drought extended to three games as they earned a hard-fought draw against bottom club Crewe Alexandra.

The hosts, whose only goal in October so far came via an own goal from Southend's Luke Prosser, struggled to make any clear-cut chances.

Crewe keeper Ben Garratt pulled off a number of good saves from Robbie Weir, Lucas Akins and Masser El Khayati.

Burton almost scored in the last minute but Mark Duffy's free-kick hit the underside of the crossbar.

On-loan Liverpool teenager Harry Wilson made his first start for the Alex, having previously made three appearances from the bench.

Crewe are now four points adrift of safety heading into Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Blackpool.

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told BBC Radio Derby:

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Burton manager on Crewe draw

"It wasn't meant to be, but I'm very proud of them and very happy with them. I have nothing but praise for them.

"In another game we win 3-0, easily, but today it wasn't meant to be, and we can build from this.

"We can look at a lot of plusses. A lot of plusses."

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We have played the top eight now apart from Sheffield United and we have been in every game. That is the positive to take.

"There is still a long way to go and a lot of points to play for. We now have to take that confidence into Blackpool on Saturday.

"We had a couple of late free-kicks that caused us a bit of a concern but we defended well and the spirit has always been good."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 4Mousinho
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 14McCroryBooked at 74mins
  • 15Naylor
  • 8Weir
  • 10AkinsSubstituted forBinnom-Williamsat 64'minutes
  • 21Duffy
  • 11El KhayatiSubstituted forIsmailat 76'minutes
  • 20ThieleSubstituted forJoachimat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Butcher
  • 13Joachim
  • 18Ismail
  • 22Binnom-Williams
  • 23Palmer
  • 30Flanagan
  • 31Matthews

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5Ray
  • 6Nugent
  • 3Guthrie
  • 8AtkinsonSubstituted forJonesat 56'minutes
  • 15Fox
  • 16King
  • 24WilsonSubstituted forColcloughat 64'minutes
  • 9HaberSubstituted forSaundersat 88'minutes
  • 10Inman

Substitutes

  • 11Cooper
  • 14Saunders
  • 19Baillie
  • 20Jones
  • 25Ainley
  • 27Colclough
  • 30Nizic
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
2,666

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home24
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

Mark Duffy (Burton Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

Aurélien Joachim (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Saunders replaces Marcus Haber.

Attempt missed. Adam King (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Aurélien Joachim (Burton Albion).

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Aurélien Joachim replaces Timmy Thiele.

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jerome Binnom-Williams (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Zeli Ismail replaces Abdenasser El Khayati.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Timmy Thiele (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

Booking

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

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

Attempt blocked. Timmy Thiele (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham1493228141430
2Walsall148422181328
3Burton148241313026
4Coventry1373320101024
5Sheff Utd147342519624
6Bury146622419524
7Wigan146532417723
8Southend146351415-121
9Chesterfield146262120120
10Rochdale145451816219
11Bradford135441517-219
12Colchester145452128-719
13Peterborough145362624218
14Millwall135352022-218
15Port Vale144551616017
16Scunthorpe145271618-217
17Oldham142931722-515
18Shrewsbury144281721-414
19Barnsley134271620-414
20Doncaster133551116-514
21Blackpool133461018-813
22Fleetwood143381823-512
23Swindon143381824-612
24Crewe142481322-910
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