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Burton Albion 2-0 Torquay United

Goals from Jimmy Phillips and Adam McGurk helped Burton to a comfortable victory against Torquay United.

Brewers skipper Ian Sharps had a header cleared off the line while McGurk saw his swerving free-kick hit the post.

Gary Rowett's side finally got the goal they deserved when Billy Kee's shot came back off the woodwork and Phillips followed up to rifle home.

Kee then threaded a pass through for McGurk who fired a shot into the far corner - his sixth goal this term.

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Burton assistant manager Kevin Summerfield told BBC Radio Derby:

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Post-match: Burton assistant Summerfield

"It's been due at home. We've been a little bit unlucky. We've shot ourselves in the foot on several occasions this season, but this was a good game and it was pleasing after Saturday's win.

"Our back four looked really solid. In days gone by, we would've been camped in our box, panicking like anything, basically sitting there and hoping we could get a 1-0. We're not doing that anymore. We're pretty confident in the back four and it allows us to play out again.

"Clean sheets are absolutely vital. We've struggled to keep them this season, but in the last four or five games, we've looked a hell of a lot better. We haven't looked like conceding goals and nobody has looked like threatening us and that gives you a great platform to play off."

Torquay United boss Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:

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Knill rues defensive absentees

"I thought we did OK but we gave away two poor goals.

"Up to that I thought we did a decent job. We knew it was going to be difficult and we have to get through this period.

"We know we're missing our centre-halves but we competed with one of the best teams in the league."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Edwards
  • 14McCrory
  • 8Weir
  • 25Cansdell-SherriffBooked at 36mins
  • 6Sharps
  • 17Phillips
  • 23Palmer
  • 29Kee
  • 20McGurk
  • 3HusseyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Diamond
  • 7Bell
  • 11MacDonald
  • 16Lyness
  • 18Knowles
  • 22Dyer
  • 28Symes

Torquay

  • 13Rice
  • 2TongeBooked at 90mins
  • 3Nicholson
  • 17McCourt
  • 29O'Connor
  • 21Cruise
  • 23Azeez
  • 7Mansell
  • 9HawleySubstituted forBenyonat 84'minutes
  • 10BodinSubstituted forMcCallumat 41'minutes
  • 20CraigSubstituted forChapellat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Cameron
  • 12Chapell
  • 19McCallum
  • 26Benyon
  • 30MacKenzie
  • 33Thompson
  • 36Mozika
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
2,005

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0.

  3. Booking

    Dale Tonge (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Thomas Cruise.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Torquay United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jak McCourt (Torquay United).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Karl Hawley.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Chris Hussey.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Kee.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Nathan Craig.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jak McCourt (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Nathan Craig (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale138232114726
2Chesterfield137332013724
3Exeter137331813524
4Oxford Utd136522112923
5Fleetwood137152015522
6Morecambe136432018222
7Mansfield135621511421
8Burton136341917221
9Newport135531814420
10Wycombe126241814420
11Southend136251411320
12Scunthorpe125521412220
13Dag & Red135531817120
14Hartlepool135351715218
15Wimbledon135351516-118
16Portsmouth124441919016
17Cheltenham134361824-615
18York123361519-412
19Plymouth13337815-712
20Bury132471316-310
21Bristol Rovers132471118-710
22Torquay132471323-1010
23Northampton132381220-89
24Accrington13148920-117
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