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13:08 29th December 2009

Brewers Swoop for Magpies Point

The Brewers earned a well deserved point away at Notts County thanks to Richard Walker's first goal for the club. Substitute Walker's late strike levelled things for Albion after Karl Hawley's opener for County.

After a goaless first half Burton battled hard against a much fancied Notts County side and manager Paul Peschisolido will be delighted with the point.

Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido reverted back to the eleven who beat Lincoln City and Northampton Town for today's meeting with Notts County.

That meant recalls for Michael Simpson, Andy Corbett, Greg Pearson and Jimmy Phillips. There was also a first appearance of the season on the substitutes bench for Aaron Webster following his pre-season injury problems.

In a quiet opening to the match both teams shared possession, with the reunited Michael Simpson and John McGrath looking to establish control of the midfield. The only danger in the opening ten minutes came when Simpson was adjudged to have pulled down Brendan Maloney on the edge of the area, but Jamie Clapham sent his tame free kick straight into the wall.

Lee Hughes then caused confusion between Guy Branston and Paul Boertien on 15 minutes. The striker almost snuck in behind the defence but the ball was eventually scrambled away for a corner.

The first shot on target of the game came in the 24th minute. Greg Pearson muscled his way down the right before firing his shot low on the angle straight into the arms of Kasper Schmeichel.

Shaun Harrad had his first chance to score against his former club in the 28th minute. Some good work on the left by Jimmy Phillips resulted in Harrad receiving the ball on the edge of the six yard box but his shot on the turn was tipped wide of the near post by Schmeichel.

From the resulting corner Pearson then found himself with space to shoot, but his shot was blocked by Jonnie Jackson in the Magpies defence.

The game seemed to burst into life on the half hour mark. County pressured the Albion defence but a good tackle by Simpson won the ball back for the Brewers. Harrad and Pearson then combined on the break with the latter having his shot saved once again by Schmeichel.

Notts County were forced into a changed shortly before half time, Mike Edwards was brought on to replace the injured Stephen Hunt.

It was the Magpies who finished the half with the stronger possession but Brewers keeper Artur Krysiak went in at the break yet to be tested.

Karl Hawley almost went clear for Notts County at the start of the second half. Krysiaks poor clearance was returned straight into the path of Hawley, who looked to be clear on goal for a moment before Branston recovered for the Brewers with an excellent sliding challenge.

County then could have taken the lead in the 51st minute. Ben Davies' cross was just out of reach of Lee Hughes who was closing in on the back post.

Notts County took the lead on 54 minutes. Karl Hawley beat the offside trap from a long ball forward and found himself with enough space to chip the ball over Krysiak into the Brewers goal.

Hawley then found space again behind the Burton defence on 61 minutes. This time however Branston and Boertien managed to put enough pressure on the striker as he shot and the ball was deflected wide.

Harrad then nicked the ball off the County defence on the edge of the area on 70 minutes, but Schmeichel tipped his shot over the bar.

Simpson was booked on 74 minutes for a foul off the ball on the edge of teh area. Johnnie Jackson crashed the free kick off the cross bar, and with the ball still in play, Hughes then curled a dangerous shot past the post.

County were pushing for a second and in the 75th minute Hawley found in self in space 15 yards out but his shot was blocked for a corner by Tony James.

With ten minutes remaining Peschisolido brought on Jacques Maghoma and Richard Walker in place of Harrad and Simpson in an attempt to salvage something from the game.

And on 84 minutes it was substitute Walker who levelled for the Brewers with his first goal for the club. The County defence failed to clear a free kick, McGrath fed a ball through for Walker who looked out of options wide on the left before he fired his shot across the face of Schmeichel inside the far post.

And a minute later Albion could have been ahead. Maghoma picked the ball up on the edge of the area and beat Schmeichel with his shot which cannoned back off the post.

Albion Man of the Match: John McGrath - Another outstanding performance in the middle, everything good about the Brewers went through him.

    Data provided by Press Association


    Burton Albion moved into the £7million Pirelli Stadium in 2005