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Burton Albion 2-0 Portsmouth

Adam McGurk scores the opener against Portsmouth
Adam McGurk's opener was his second goal of the season

Burton Albion beat Portsmouth to go top of League Two and continue their unbeaten start to the season.

The Brewers were ahead within two minutes when Adam McGurk touched in Stuart Beavon's cross-shot.

Jed Wallace volleyed wide a rare first-half chance for Pompey and home keeper John McLaughlin had to make a double save from Alex Wynter after the break.

But Lucas Akins' superb turn and shot on 55 minutes eased Burton to a fifth successive home win this season.

Miles Storey's blocked shot was as close as Pompey came late on and Andy Awford's side remain ninth in the table.

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

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Rowett on Burton v Portsmouth

"It was an excellent all round performance. I think lots of aspects of our game were very, very good against a very good Portsmouth side.

"Our attacking was fantastic at times. We were very disciplined with our team shape and when we do that we're a really difficult team to break down and play against.

"Goals change the outlook of games, and I think when you score that early, the way we play it makes it very difficult for any team because they've got to chase the game and the more they chase the game, the more it opens up for us."

Portsmouth boss Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

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Awford on Burton v Portsmouth

"When you concede after a minute you are always up against it., which was disappointing from our point of view but we worked our way back in to the game. We just weren't clinical enough in both boxes.

"We had enough chances to win two football matches let alone one so that's the area I'm concerned with.

"We haven't hit the target well enough at times or the final ball when we get into good areas. We've controlled the game for long parts but you've got to take your chances and you've got to defend it better at the other end."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 6Sharps
  • 3Cansdell-SherriffSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 83'minutes
  • 5Taft
  • 11MacDonaldSubstituted forPalmerat 89'minutes
  • 8Weir
  • 4Mousinho
  • 10Akins
  • 20McGurkSubstituted forBlythat 72'minutes
  • 9Beavon

Substitutes

  • 12Blyth
  • 15McFadzean
  • 16Lyness
  • 18Knowles
  • 23Palmer
  • 24Slade
  • 27Harness

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 15WynterSubstituted forButlerat 79'minutes
  • 13Ertl
  • 16Robinson
  • 17ShoreySubstituted forStoreyat 60'minutes
  • 8WallaceBooked at 75mins
  • 29Hollands
  • 21Dunne
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forAgyemangat 74'minutes
  • 20Westcarr
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 2Webster
  • 5Devera
  • 14Storey
  • 22Poke
  • 23Agyemang
  • 33Close
  • 34Butler
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,980

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion).

  5. Post update

    Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Matthew Palmer replaces Alexander MacDonald.

  7. Post update

    Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Miles Storey (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Callum McFadzean replaces Shane Cansdell-Sherriff because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Dan Butler replaces Alex Wynter.

  15. Post update

    Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 7th September 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton651093616
2Cheltenham642073414
3Morecambe6411105513
4Shrewsbury6321116511
5Wycombe632184411
6Bury632174311
7Northampton632164211
8Plymouth631284410
9Portsmouth631265110
10Mansfield630367-19
11York61508718
12Wimbledon6222111108
13Southend62225508
14Cambridge521210647
15Tranmere6213101007
16Dag & Red6213810-27
17Stevenage6213811-37
18Hartlepool620447-36
19Luton612347-35
20Newport511347-34
21Accrington6114713-64
22Carlisle6033614-83
23Oxford Utd602459-42
24Exeter602439-62
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