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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:54 9th October 2010

Brewers 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers

A poor first half cost Burton the match against a strong Wycombe Wanderers side. The Brewers were dismal in the first 45 minutes and went in at the break two goals down after Gareth Ainsworth and Andy Sandell struck for the Chairboys.

Albion came out much improved in the second half and were soon back in it through Shaun Harrad's seventh goal of the season. The Brewers continued to push for the equaliser and hit the post through Aaron Webster but Wycombe were dangerous on the counter and struck the woodwork themselves with Kevin Betsy.

Paul Peschisolido reverted to the starting eleven who beat Stockport County last Saturday, following the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Rotherham United. There was a place on the bench though for Jack Dyer, who impressed as a second half substitute on Wednesday night.

Wycombe mounted the first serious attack of the game through Gareth Ainsworth in the fourth minute. The right winger beat Paul Boertien to the by-line and crossed for Ben Strevens at the near post who headed over the bar.

Burton threatened in the 9th minute when Paul Boertien sent a high cross into the area which dropped for Jacques Maghoma who sent a looping header just high of the top left corner.

Wycombe took the lead in the 16th minute through a great strike from Gareth Ainsworth. The winger cut inside from the right and fired an unstoppable drive from 25 yards into the top left corner of Legzdins' goal.

Darren Moore was substituted due to injury in the 18th minute for Andy Corbett, with Ryan Austin switching to centre back.

Russell Penn picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 30th minute for a late challenge on Matt Bloomfield. Penn will now miss the the trip to Stevenage next weekend. The Brewers were struggling to get into the game at this point, giving the ball away time and again in midfield.

The was a brighter moment for the Brewers in the 35th minute when the ball broke to Harrad wide in the 18 yard box, the striker drilled a cross across the face of goal but there was no Burton player in sight to tap the ball home.

The home fans were becoming frustrated as John McGrath once again gave the ball away two minutes later. Elsewhere Ainsworth was getting the better of Boertien down the right with Jacques Maghoma barely in the game.

McGrath brought down Bloomfield 25 yards out in a central position in the 40th minute. Andy SANDELL stepped up to flight the ball past the wall and although Legzdins got a touch, he could not prevent the Chairboys taking a 2-0 lead.

Richard Walker forced a terrific save out of Nicky Bull just before the half time whistle. Maghoma crossed low from the left for Walker who's shot on the turn needed Bull to be at his best to save at the near post.

Half time: Burton Albion 0 - 2 Wycombe Wanderers

The Brewers were back in it five minutes into the second half. Boertien flighted a long ball into the area which Walker headed down to Maghoma who mis hit his shot straight to HARRAD who swept the ball past Bull to make it 2-1.

Four minutes later and Aaron Webster came within inches of levelling for the Brewers. Albion swept forward with a superb flowing move resulting in Penn's cross from the right picking out Webster who turned and shot across goal hitting the inside of the post with the ball rebounding straight into the hands of Nicky Bull.

The Brewers wee piling on the pressure and Webster again came close with a free kick, Bull pushing the ball out to Boertien who passed inside to Maghoma whose shot across goal was tipped away by Bull, just out of the reach of Webster who was following in at the far post.

Wycombe almost pulled further ahead in the 72nd minute. Kevin Betsy latched onto a through ball with only Paul Boertien in attendance. Betsy continued into the area and cut inside the full back before curling the ball beyond Legzdins but onto the far post.

McGrath picked up a booking for a foul on Bloomfield in the 74th minute meaning he will also miss the game with Stevenage next Saturday.

With less than 15 minutes to go Peschisolido brought on Jimmy Phillips for Russell Penn. Jacques Maghoma moved inside to partner McGrath in central midfield.

Kevin Betsy had another chance to make the points safe for Wycombe in the 86th minute but good work by Andy Corbett forced Betsy wide making the shot across goal a difficult one.

The Brewers were pressing for an equaliser and with two minutes to go Aaron Webster's cross was almost met by the head of Corbett in the 6 yard box. Jimmy Phillips picked up the lose ball but his cross was deflected away to safety.

The Brewers had been much improved in the second half but could not find the equaliser, slipping to their first home league defeat of the season.

Full time: Burton Albion 1 - 2 Wycombe Wanderers

Attendance: 3042

Scorers: Harrad (50) Wycombe: Ainsworth (16) Sandell (41)

Referee: Mr M. Haywood

Booked: Penn (30) McGrath (74)

Brewers: LEGZDINS, AUSTIN, MOORE (CORBETT 18), STANTON, BOERTIEN, MAGHOMA, WEBSTER, MCGRATH, PENN (PHILLIPS 78), HARRAD, WALKER. Subs: POOLE, CORBETT, PHILLIPS, PEARSON, YOUNG, DYER, BOLDER.

Wycombe: BULL, FOSTER, SANDELL, BENNETT, AINSWORTH (MCCLURE 90), BLOOMFIELD, BETSY, STREVENS, MONTROSE, BEAVON, WESTWOOD. Subs: WINFIELD, MURTAGH, RENDELL, MCCOY, DAVIES, MCCLURE, ARNOLD.

    Data provided by Press Association

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