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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:55 10th April 2010

Burton Albion 1-1 Bradford City

The Brewers had to settle for a share of the points against Bradford City thanks to an 82nd minute equaliser from Shaun Harrad. Burton had the upper hand for most of the game but a defensive error from Tony James lead to Luke Oliver opening the scoring after 58 minutes. Although the Brewers couldn't manage to win all three points, it was a much more spirited display following the disappointing performance at Bury.

The first half ended goalless at the Pirelli Stadium after Greg Pearson missed a 17th minute penalty. The Brewers had the best of the first half but couldn't find a way past Jon McLaughlin in the Bantams net.

Paul Peschisolido made four changes to the starting eleven who lost at Bury on Easter Monday. Paul Boertien, Tom Parkes, Jacques Maghoma and Shaun Harrad came in to replace Aaron Webster, Shaun Kelly, Romuald Boco and Steve Kabba.

The Brewers will have been hoping to end their winless streak at home which now stretches back to February 12th when Burton lost 2-1 to Crewe Alexandra in a Friday evening match.

The first of the summer sunshine graced the Pirelli Stadium for the afternoon, the last time the Brewers played in such warm weather was the 1-1 draw at the Coral Windows Stadium in the previous meeting between these two sides. Paul Boertien grabbed a second half leveller in that game, his only goal of the season so far.

Jacques Maghoma let loose with the first shot of the game in the 6th minute. His effort from 25 yards went comfortably wide of McLaughlin's right hand post.

The Brewers put together a delightful spell of passing in the 8th minute culminating a dangerous cross from Cleveland Taylor which was seen away for a corner by Zesh Rehman. Burton had certainly made the stronger start and were putting the Bradford defence under a degree of pressure.

Bradford had their first opportunity in the 13th minute when Gareth Evans raced on to a ball over the top. His shot from a wide angle was saved by Artur Krysiak.

A quickly taken free kick in the 15th minute almost lead to the opening goal for the Brewers. Andy Corbett played in Shaun Harrad who had his powerful shot beaten away by the keeper. The rebound fell to Harrad but this time his shot was blocked away for a corner kick.

And two minutes later the Brewers were presented with a great chance to take the lead when Russell Penn was tripped in the area by Steve O'Leary under the nose of the referee. But Greg Pearson's penalty was well saved by McLaughlin to the cheers of the travelling Bantams support.

The Brewers maintained their pressure and Harrad saw his shot on the turn just go wide after being set up by Corbett in the 20th minute.

The play settled down as the game passed the half hour mark. Neither side had created any further chances of note. Taylor looked as if he may cause some trouble for Bradford with some strong running but the Brewers failed so far to find a way through.

Taylor set up Penn in the 36th minute with a whipped cross from the right but the midfielder's looping header was well held by McLaughlin.

Steve O'Leary saw his shot clear the top of the west stand in the 41st minute, one of only a few attempts on goal for the Bantams in the first half. John McGrath also had a left footed effort from 20 yards go wide in the 44th minute for the Albion after a strong run from Jacques Maghoma.

Half time: Burton Albion 0 - 0 Bradford City

A corner in the 50th minute for the Brewers caused the first danger of the second half. McGrath's kick was headed up in the air by a Bradford player with the ball almost looping over the keeper at the far post.

Russ Penn then forced a superb save from McLaughlin in the 57th minute. He won possession in midfield and drove forward down the left before cutting inside a firing a powerful shot which the Bantams' keeper did well to tip over.

Bradford took the lead in the 59th minute, much down to an error from Tony James. James passed the ball straight to Gavin Grant on the half way line. Grant's shot on the run was deflected up in the air with the ball falling for Luke OLIVER to send a looping header over Krysiak.

In response to the setback Peschisolido brought on Steve Kabba in place of Greg Pearson.

Gareth Evans then troubled Krysiak with a low shot that was heading into the bottom right hand corner. Krysiak managed to get enough on the ball to send it just wide of the post.

Shaun Harrad saw his header tipped onto the bar in the 75 minute after a flighted cross by Paul Boertien. Harrad had another chance from the following corner but his shot from 10 yards was charged down.

Gareth Evans got the better of Paul Boertien in the Brewers area in the 79 minute. Fortunatley for Burton Evans shot over the bar.

The Brewers levelled in the 82nd minute through Shaun HARRAD. Steve Kabba poked the ball through to Boertien who crossed low for Harrad to divert past McLaughlin to make it 1-1 and take his tally to 18 for the season.

And the Brewers could have taken the lead in the 87th minute. Tony James' header from Taylor's corner was cleared off the line.

Full Time: Burton Albion 1 - 1 Bradford City

Brewers Man of the Match: Paul Boertien - Solid in defence and acted as a left winger in the second half setting up Harrad for the goal.

Scorers: Burton: Harrad (82) Bradford: Oliver (59)

Attendence: 2648

Referee: Mr. M Oliver

Booked: Burton - McGrath (89)

Burton: KRYSIAK, BOERTIEN, JAMES, MCGRATH, CORBETT, HARRAD, PENN, PEARSON (KABBA 64), MAGHOMA, TAYLOR, PARKES. SUBS: POOLE, WEBSTER, SIMPSON, GILROY, PHILLIPS, BOCO, KABBA.

Bradford: MCLAUGHLIN, REHMAN, BULLOCK, EVANS, WILLIAMS, BATESON, O'LEARY (J O' Brien 58), THRELFALL, GRANT (L O'BRIEN 77), OLIVER, BOLDER. SUBS: L O'BRIEN, KENDALL, J O'BRIEN, OSBOURNE, DEAN, CUTLER, GLENNON.

    Data provided by Press Association

    QUICK FACTS

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