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12:04 29th December 2009

Brewers Net Three Point Haul From Marine

Burton Albion secured a second away win of the season with a hard fought 2-1 victory at Blundell Park this afternoon.

Andy Corbett and Jimmy Phillips both netted their first goals in the Football League as Paul Peschisolido's men had to come from behind to secure victory.

Artur Krysiak's clearance rebounded off Grimsby's Chris Jones to give the hosts the early advantage but Albion fought back to score twice with Phillips goal an early contender for goal of the season.

Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido had an easy team selection following last weekends home victory against Rochdale. No change was the order of the day for the starting eleven with the only changes coming on the substitutes bench and both changes were enforced. With Shane Redmond away on international duty with Republic of Ireland under-21s there was a recall for Kevin Poole and Shaun Harrad, recovered from injury, replaced Robin Shroot after the loanee returned to Birmingham City earlier in the week.

The hosts were without two regulars through suspension. Striker Barry Conlon was unavailable following a second red card of the season against Barnet last weekend and midfielder Danny Boshell missed out after his dismissal for two yellow cards in the Johnstones Paint Trophy win against Hartlepool in the week.

Albion got off to a terrible start as Grimsby took the lead in the fourth minute. Tony James pass back to Artur Krysiak presented little danger but when the Polish keeper went to clear the ball he was rapidly closed down by Chris Jones who gleefully saw the ball rebound off him into the back of the net.

Paul Linwood spurned a good chance to double the Mariners advantage in the seventh minute firing over from eight yards out after a corner kick had Albion penned in their own half.

The Brewers settled their early nerves and equalised in the ninth minute. Richard Walker held the ball up well inside the area and brought Michael Simpson into play. The experienced midfielder picked out the run of Jimmy Phillips down the left and his ball into the middle had the Mariners defence all at sea as Walker scuffed his shot but inadvertently set up Andy Corbett at the far post to bundle the ball home.

As the game settled after a frenetic start it was Albion who had the next chance to go in front, Guy Branston rising highest in the penalty area to head a Simpson corner wide of the far post. Burton continued to look the livelier side and Tony James was close to his first ever Albion goal in the 27th minute heading Corbetts cross wide of the post.

Walker was then unlucky with a volley from Greg Pearsons right wing cross that failed to hit the target as chances continued to come for the visitors. Grimsby though looked dangerous when Adam Proudlock was on the ball and having chased the ball down by the corner flag his ball into the box only needed to find a teammate to give the hosts the lead but it proved to be an important chance missed as Albion took the lead in the 31st minute.

Ryan Austin's ball forward was superbly dummied by Michael Simpson who continued a run into the centre to pick up Walker's pass. The midfielder instantly picked out the run of Phillips inside the area and the former Stoke winger coolly fired a rising 15 yard shot over Colgan for an early contender in this season's goal of the season award.

Walker was inches away from a third for Albion in the 39th minute. A foul on Andy Corbett gave Simpson the chance to swing in a tempting free kick and the ex-Bristol Rovers strikers downward header really ought to have found the back of the net but bounced just wide of the upright.

Grimsby made a change at the start of the second half with goalscorer Chris Jones withdrawn and Jean Louis Akpro introduced and the substitute made an immediate impression with a couple of direct runs at the heart of Albions defence that threatened to give the hosts some inspiration.

A set piece again came close to being Grimsbys undoing as a ball in from the right gave Simpson the chance to shoot, his first effort was blocked and when the ball fell kindly for him to have a second shot that too was blocked inside the crowded penalty area.

Pearson had a chance to make the gave all but safe in the 66th minute but having tricked his way around the full back found keeper Nick Colgan well placed at his near post to beat away the shot. Grimsby almost broke away to equalise but substitute Danny North was thwarted by a fine block from Artur Krysiak.

For Pearson it was his last action of the afternoon with the striker being replaced on 68 minutes by Shaun Harrad.

Albion again threatened with a flowing move in the 75th minute. Walker was involved picking up the ball just inside the penalty area and his pass inside found Phillips but COlgan stook up tall to beat away his dipping shot.

The Brewers temporarily found themselves down to ten men when Paul Boertien came off worst from an accidental clash with Adrian Forbes and had to receive attention for a head wound eventually returning bandaged and able to carry on for the last ten minutes of the game. As a precautionary measure the former Rams defender was replaced for the last seven minutes by Aaron Webster thus giving te long serving Albion player a Football League debut.

The late nerves for Albion fans as their side hung on were exacerbated when the fourth official displayed six minutes of added time but the Brewers were not to be denied a second away win of the season.

Albion man of the match: Michael Simpson Simply superb. The experience midfielder ran the first half and had a hand in both goals as Albion picked up a deserved win.

    Data provided by Press Association


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