League Two
StevenageStevenage1BurtonBurton Albion0

Stevenage 1-0 Burton Albion

Ian Sharps
Sharps has yet to score for Burton this season

Ian Sharps' late own goal saw Stevenage earn a narrow victory against high-flying Burton Albion.

Stevenage substitute Tom Pett came closest to breaking the deadlock before half-time when his attempted cross bounced back off the crossbar.

Lucas Akins and Phil Edwards went close for Burton as they pressed for a goal.

However, Charlie Adams's 84th-minute effort took a wicked deflection off Brewers captain Sharps, leaving keeper Jon McLaughlin with no chance.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I would say it was a very structured, disciplined and hard-working victory. We knew what they would offer, we knew the type of football they would play.

"When you're playing a tactical game against a side that is defensively organised well, you have to break them down slowly but surely.

"Bide your time, show patience, show intelligence, keep your discipline and I think we did all those things.

"Something's emerging and the boys are starting to build in confidence."

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"It wasn't a pretty game. I certainly don't think as a spectator I'd be wanting to pay and watch that match.

"I'll be honest, after about 20 minutes you looked at the game and thought this will probably be a 0-0 if you had to put your money on it.

"They certainly didn't cause us any problems and so to come undone with the goal we conceded and the way it went in was very unfortunate.

"We've spoken to the strikers. We've not done enough in the attacking third, I felt our front four weren't dangerous."

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 5Ashton
  • 19Wells
  • 9Charles
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 12McAllister
  • 49Adams
  • 18ParrettBooked at 14minsSubstituted forPettat 19'minutesSubstituted forDeaconat 78'minutes
  • 46JebbSubstituted forBeardsleyat 71'minutes
  • 22Lee

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 11Pett
  • 20Beardsley
  • 23Okimo
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Deacon
  • 50Clarke

Burton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 6Sharps
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 20McGurk
  • 10Akins
  • 7BellSubstituted forLenihanat 87'minutes
  • 23Palmer
  • 14McCrory
  • 18KnowlesSubstituted forHarnessat 70'minutes
  • 12BlythSubstituted forAustinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Weir
  • 16Lyness
  • 22Lenihan
  • 24Slade
  • 26Doyle-Charles
  • 27Harness
  • 30Austin
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
3,051

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home0
Away5
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home3
Away2

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Burton Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Burton Albion 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Darragh Lenihan replaces Lee Bell.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Sam Austin replaces Jacob Blyth.

  5. Goal!

    Own Goal by Ian Sharps, Burton Albion. Stevenage 1, Burton Albion 0.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Tom Pett.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Chris Beardsley replaces Jack Jebb.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Dominic Knowles.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dean Wells.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Darius Charles.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Second Half

    Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Burton Albion 0.

  16. Half Time

    First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Burton Albion 0.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam McGurk.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

  19. Post update

    Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    David McAllister (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.