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Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Burton Albion

Burton Albion
Burton Albion conceded just 37 goals in their first ever season in the third tier

Burton Albion secured promotion to the Championship for the first time with a nervy draw at Doncaster that confirmed Rovers' relegation to League Two.

With third-placed Walsall thumping Port Vale, Burton needed a draw to guarantee their second consecutive promotion.

The Brewers' best chance fell to Calum Butcher, who was denied when one-on-one, but they held on to remain second.

Doncaster had needed a win, plus defeat for Fleetwood and an improbable 13-goal swing, to avoid relegation.

Burton among the big boys

Burton, who won promotion to England's third tier for the first time last season as League Two champions under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, reappointed Nigel Clough for a second spell in charge after Hasselbaink's switch to Queens Park Rangers in December.

Since Clough's return, when Burton were top of League One, they have won 12, drawn eight and lost six of their 26 matches, failing to win in six games between 26 March and 19 April to set up a nervous finale to the season.

With Walsall winning 5-0 at Vale Park, Burton knew that a Doncaster winner would have denied them promotion, but Jon McLaughlin's goal was rarely threatened.

Their clean sheet ensured the club that was playing non-league football for its entire history until 2009 will face two former European Cup winners - Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest - in the Championship next season.

Doncaster, who spent five seasons in the Championship between 2008 and 2014, will return to the fourth tier for the first time since 2004.

Relegated from the second tier on the final day of the season by a last-gasp Birmingham goal two years ago, Rovers' drop to League Two was made more likely by a dismal 17-match winless run between 9 January and 9 April.

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Clough on Burton's promotion to Championship

Burton manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "I think it's an emotional time for everybody. It is truly, truly remarkable.

"We don't spend money we haven't got, there's no big investors, nobody puts any money in. You just run it sensibly, make good decisions, try to get good characters in the club and on the pitch and you've got a chance.

"I think it's fitting we get promoted with a clean sheet. It was a good solid performance."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 42Matthews
  • 2Lund
  • 38Alcock
  • 6Butler
  • 20Taylor-Sinclair
  • 4McCullough
  • 29MiddletonSubstituted forCalderat 54'minutes
  • 8ChaplowSubstituted forLongbottomat 62'minutes
  • 24Rowe
  • 11Williams
  • 21MandevilleSubstituted forTysonat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Tyson
  • 23Marosi
  • 25Pugh
  • 32Whitehouse
  • 34Davies
  • 37Calder
  • 41Longbottom

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 4Mousinho
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 14McCrory
  • 34ChoudhuryBooked at 76mins
  • 10Akins
  • 15NaylorSubstituted forWeirat 79'minutes
  • 23Palmer
  • 21Duffy
  • 9BeavonSubstituted forButcherat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Reilly
  • 8Weir
  • 12Butcher
  • 17Myers-Harness
  • 18Walker
  • 19O'Connor
  • 31Bywater
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
9,803

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home4
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Burton Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Burton Albion 0.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Riccardo Calder went off injured after Doncaster Rovers had used all subs.

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Robbie Weir replaces Tom Naylor.

Attempt missed. Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Callum Butcher (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair went off injured after Doncaster Rovers had used all subs.

Foul by Riccardo Calder (Doncaster Rovers).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mitchell Lund (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Burton Albion).

Riccardo Calder (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Butcher (Burton Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. William Longbottom replaces Richard Chaplow.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Riccardo Calder replaces Harry Middleton.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Nathan Tyson replaces Liam Mandeville.

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

Attempt saved. Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Richard Chaplow (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Richard Chaplow (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers 0, Burton Albion 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Callum Butcher replaces Stuart Beavon.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan462415782453787
2Burton4625101157372085
3Walsall4624121071492284
4Millwall462491373492481
5Bradford4623111255401580
6Barnsley462281670541674
7Scunthorpe4621111460471374
8Coventry4619121567491869
9Gillingham4619121571561569
10Rochdale461912156861769
11Sheff Utd461812166459566
12Port Vale461811175658-265
13Peterborough46196218273963
14Bury461612185673-1760
15Southend461611195864-659
16Swindon461611196471-759
17Oldham461218164458-1454
18Chesterfield46158235870-1253
19Fleetwood461215195256-451
20Shrewsbury461311225879-2150
21Doncaster461113224864-1646
22Blackpool461210244063-2346
23Colchester46913245799-4240
24Crewe46713264683-3734
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