Burton Albion and Port Vale played out a hard fought 0-0 draw at the Pirelli Stadium, with neither side really able to get on top for any length of time during the game. It will be a result which satisfies Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido after conceeding two poorly defended goals against Macclesfield at the weekend.
Paul Peschisolido opted for a change of formation as well as personnel for the visit of Staffordshire rivals Port Vale.
Nathan Stanton and Aaron Webster returned in place of Andy Corbett and Jacques Maghoma in a new look 3-5-2 formattion. Scott Malone and Russell Penn operated out of the left and right wing back positions with Aaron Webster in an advanced role in behind Shaun Harrad and James Collins.
Port Vale had the first effort on targte in the sixth minute. Gary Roberts' inswinging cross from the left was met by the head of Marc Richards, with Legzdins making a comfortable save.
The first real threat from the Brewers came in the twelth minute when Aaron Webster picked out Shaun Harrad wide on the right, Harrad cut inside but had the ball smothered at his feet by Vale keeper Stuart Tomlinson. Russell Penn then delivered a dangerous ball into the near post two minutes later which Harrad failed to control, the ball going out for a goalkick.
Marc Richards had another sight on goal in the 23rd minute. This time he picked up the ball 20 yards out and drove his shot on goal which Legzdins got his finger tips to on its way over the bar. And Vale thought they had taken the lead from the following corner when Marc Richards again drilled in a low shot which Legzdins did brilliantly to stick out a leg and deflect the ball away.
It was then Burton's turn to attack when Scott Malone flighted a freekick into the area in the 27th minute. Shaun Harrad picked up the knock down and vollyed powerfully over from 20 yards.
A combination of Legzdins and Stanton prevented Jake Speight from a scoring opportunity in the 40th minute. Speight looked to get onto the end of a long ball over the Brewers defence and looked favourite to win it before Legzdins and Stanton snuffed out the danger.
Half time: Burton Albion 0-0 Port Vale
The Brewers remainedin 3-5-2 formation after the break and Aaron Webster had the first shot on goal, curling his effort wide from 25 yards in the 50th minute.
Micky Adams brought on Shaun Rigg for Jake Speight in the 58th minute as both teams looked to make more of an impression on the game. Peschisolido responded by bringing on Greg Pearson for James Collins two minutes later.
Vale had a great chance to take the lead in the 63rd minute when Louis Dodds bursted into the box and pulled the ball back for Shaun Rigg who forced a save out of Legzdins at the near post.
A minute later and Rigg turned provider, running on to a long clearance and squaring the ball dangerously across the box which just evaded Doug Loft.
Andy Corbett came on for Darren Moore in the 73rd minute, taking up a role on the right of the three man central defence.
With ten minutes to play neither side were fashioning much in the way of chances with both defences well on top.
Doug Loft fired a shot wide from 25 yards as the game moved into time added on but neither side had managed to create enough chances to win the game.
Full time: Burton Albion 0 - 0 Port Vale
Referee: Mr P. Quinn
Booked: Burton - Moore (53) Port Vale - McCombe (55) Dodds (58) Roberts (83)
Brewers: LEGZDINS, AUSTIN, STANTON, MOORE (CORBETT 73), PENN, MALONE, MCGRATH, BOLDER, WEBSTER, HARRAD, COLLINS (PEARSON 60). Subs: POOLE, CORBETT, GILROY, PHILLIPS, PEARSON, MAGHOMA, YOUNG.
Vale: TOMLINSON, YATES, MCCOMBE, OWEN, LOFT, DODDS (TAYLOR 85), M RICHARDS, J RICHARDS, COLLINS, ROBERTS (FRASER 84), SPEIGHT (RIGG 58). Subs: MARTIN, FRASER, TAYLOR, RIGG, MORSY, SUTTON, DAVIS.