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Burton Albion 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Dominic Knowles

Dominic Knowles' first two goals for Burton sealed a come-from-behind win against Cheltenham and kept them second in League Two.

Scott Brown frustrated the hosts with a string of first-half saves.

Byron Harrison fired the Robins ahead from close range after the break and Billy Kee was amazingly denied an equaliser by hitting both posts.

Loanee Zeli Ismail made an immediate impact on his debut, creating both goals for his fellow substitute.

Victory extends Burton's unbeaten run to 11 games and keeps them two points behind league leaders Scunthorpe.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"Well I have seen Zeli do that in spells for the Wolves first-team, at MK Dons and for Wolves' under 21's, so we know what he can do.

"Since Jacques Maghoma left, we have not had that player who can go on and light up a game for 25 minutes - Zeli did that fantastically well.

"I thought it was a fantastic game full of different moments. I felt first half, we just looked like we hadn't played for 10 days.

"In the second half we opened up a little bit and took the game to them, particularly when they scored. I think in a way, it was the best thing that could have happened."

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Burton Albion are a really decent side and we knew that, but I think we showed that we are too.

"It's frustrating that we lost, to be fair they were a little bit better, but we just needed to change it around. We still felt we could create chances, I thought Jason Taylor and Matt Richards were outstanding again for us.

"Unfortunately, we weren't mentally strong enough to see out the game at 1-0."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 16Lyness
  • 2Edwards
  • 5Diamond
  • 6Sharps
  • 8WeirSubstituted forBellat 84'minutes
  • 11MacDonaldBooked at 25minsSubstituted forIsmailat 63'minutes
  • 14McCrory
  • 17Phillips
  • 20McGurkSubstituted forKnowlesat 69'minutes
  • 23Palmer
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 1Siegrist
  • 3Hussey
  • 4Buxton
  • 7Bell
  • 18Knowles
  • 19Ismail
  • 21Holness

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 4Taylor
  • 5Brown
  • 6Elliott
  • 8DeeringSubstituted forCuretonat 77'minutes
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGornellat 84'minutes
  • 11McGlashan
  • 14Richards
  • 20JombatiBooked at 36mins
  • 22Braham-Barrett
  • 23RoofeBooked at 73minsSubstituted forVincentat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cureton
  • 10Gornell
  • 12Roberts
  • 17Hanks
  • 19Kotwica
  • 21Vincent
  • 28Ihiekwe
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
2,510

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

  4. Post update

    Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

  6. Post update

    Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

  8. Post update

    Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Ashley Vincent replaces Kemar Roofe.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Robbie Weir.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Byron Harrison.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe25138438241447
2Burton2513662923645
3Chesterfield24128437191844
4Rochdale2513483831743
5Southend2512673122942
6Fleetwood2413293829941
7Oxford Utd24109534211339
8Newport2410863427738
9Morecambe27107103135-437
10Dag & Red2697103232034
11Plymouth259792326-334
12Cheltenham258983235-333
13Exeter2595113134-332
14York2671093232031
15Wimbledon2587102729-231
16Hartlepool2587102731-431
17Mansfield2678112635-929
18Wycombe2477103033-328
19Bury2569103034-427
20Portsmouth2569102938-927
21Bristol Rovers2468102226-426
22Accrington2568112937-826
23Torquay2668122740-1326
24Northampton2557131933-1422
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