League Two
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Burton Albion 2-1 Mansfield Town

Matt Palmer
Matt Palmer's goal was his first in the Football League

Burton remain just a point off the League Two top spot after surviving a second-half fightback to beat struggling Mansfield.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side are second while the Stags are four points ahead of the bottom two in 20th.

Burton's Matt Palmer scored from a free-kick before Kelvin Maynard doubled the lead with a header.

Michael Raynes's header pulled a goal back for the visitors but they were unable to secure a point.

Burton boss Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink told BBC Radio Derby:

"Take nothing away from Mansfield, they came here and had a game plan.

"They looked at us properly. They tested us, and tested us a little bit differently to Shrewsbury last week by being more direct, and it caused us problems.

"It was not a classic. But you're not going to go through a season with all them games being easy and beautiful.

"It's not going to happen. Sometimes you have to really dig in as a team and work hard."

Mansfield boss Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Two defensive errors have cost us the game today.

"People have held the hands up in the dressing room, but we have lost a game of football and we are not in a position where sorry is good enough.

"I felt we were unlucky to get a point after our second-half performance.

"We had enough chances, and the frustrating thing is we've come to a top-of-the-table team and took the game to them, and with a little bit more ruthlessness, it might have been different."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 4Mousinho
  • 5Taft
  • 14McCrory
  • 31MaynardSubstituted forMcGurkat 79'minutes
  • 22LenihanBooked at 70mins
  • 8Weir
  • 23PalmerSubstituted forSharpsat 90+2'minutes
  • 12BlythBooked at 62mins
  • 9BeavonSubstituted forAkinsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sharps
  • 7Bell
  • 10Akins
  • 20McGurk
  • 27Harness
  • 33Shearer
  • 34Maletic

Mansfield

  • 23Smith
  • 2Sutton
  • 3Riley
  • 32Raynes
  • 26ElderSubstituted forFletcherat 90+2'minutes
  • 17LambeSubstituted forRheadat 79'minutes
  • 15Ravenhill
  • 28Clements
  • 24Brown
  • 29KeeBooked at 54mins
  • 25Oliver

Substitutes

  • 1Studer
  • 7Bell
  • 9Rhead
  • 12McGuire
  • 16Heslop
  • 18Beevers
  • 27Fletcher
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
3,506

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Mansfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Danny Fletcher replaces Callum Elder.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Ian Sharps replaces Matthew Palmer.

  5. Post update

    Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

  7. Post update

    Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Mansfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Lucas Akins replaces Stuart Beavon.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion).

  15. Post update

    Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town).

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Matthew Rhead replaces Reggie Lambe.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Adam McGurk replaces Kelvin Maynard.