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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:55 11th December 2010

Brewers 3-1 Southend United

The Brewers put in a hard working performance to record a 3-1 win over Southend at the Pirelli Stadium. Jacques Maghoma and an own goal from Luke Prosser put Burton two up at the break and although Blair Sturrock pulled one back for the visitors after the break, Aaron Webster's superb 25 yard strike made for a comfortable second half.

The Big Thaw came just in time for the Brewers' home match against Southend United to go ahead as scheduled, with the Club's groudstaff working through the night to ensure the pitch at the Pirelli Stadium was playable.

Paul Peschisolido decided to make no changes from the starting eleven who beat Chesterfield 3-1 in the FA Cup two weeks ago. Ryan Austin returned to the bench after missing that match with an ankle injury.

Scott Malone started against the side for whom he played on loan for last season.

It was a cagey opening ten minutes with neither side able to establish control of possession. Aaron Webster had the first effort of the game with a volley from 25 yards which he sent wide.

But the Brewers had a great chance to take the lead in the 13th minute when James Collins was tripped in the corner of the area by Graham Coughlan. Collins took the spot kick himself but Collins dragged the shot wide of the keepers' right hand post.

Webster then had another chance in the 18th minute after good work from Russell Penn and John McGrath set Andrew Corbett free down the right. Corbett's cross was deflected to the far post where Webster was waiting, but he sent his volley straight at Glenn Morris in the Southend goal.

Collins then wasted another great opportunity for the Brewers in the 28th minute. McGrath played a terrific ball through to Scott Malone who passed inside to Collins. The striker played a neat one two in the area with Webster before dragging his left footed shot wide of the far post.

Webster then almost got through on goal after Jacques Maghoma's pass but Graham Coughlan was able to do enough in the Southend defence to ensure the ball went out for a goal kick.

Burton were building the pressure and Collins almost got onto the end of Malone's cross from deep. Russell Penn picked up the pieces on the right and fired a low ball across the six yard box which Jacques MAGHOMA met to smash past Morris and put the Brewers one up.

Maghoma had a shot from distance in the 44th minute which had Morris worried and although the keeper appeared to tip the ball out of play the referee awarded a goal kick.

And the Brewers made it two just before the break thanks an own goal from Luke PROSSER who headed Scott Malone's free kick into his own net. After a slow start the 2-0 lead was nothing more than Burton deserved.

Half time: Burton Albion 2 - 0 Southend United

Southend boss Paul Sturrock made two changes at the break. Son Blair Sturrock came on to replace Alex Woodyard and Ryan Hall replaced Antonio German.

And the substitutions worked straight away when Ryan Hall sent in a freekick for Blair STURROCK to head past Adam Legzdins and grab one back for the visitors.

And Southend could have equalised two minutes later but Legzdins made a crucial save at the feet of Barry Corr who was through on goal,

But brilliant work from Collins, Maghoma and WEBSTER restored the Brewers two goal league. Collins flicked the ball onto Maghoma who found Webster in a central position 30 yards out. Webster shifted the ball neatly in his feet before striding forwards and curling a fantastic left footed shot into the top corner. It was a fine strike to mark the Brewers 100th goal in the Football League.

The Brewers were turning on the style and more great football from Maghoma and Collins set up Russell Penn who drove a low shot wide from 18 yards.

Another terrific bit of skill from Maghoma set up the Brewers once again down the left. After beating Sean Clohessy, Maghoma crossed to Webster who slid a through ball to Collins but Morris was quick off his line and just got to the ball ahead of the on loan striker.

With thirteen minutes left to play Paul Peschisolido brought on Shaun Harrad for the excellent Aaron Webster.

Harrad could have grabbed a fourth in the 84th minute. Neat approach play from Malone resulted in Harrad been sent through, but the striker's shot was well saved at the near post by Morris.

Jimmy Phillips was brought on for Jacques Maghoma and almost instantly set up Harrad with a cross from the left, but again Harrad's header was saved by Morris.

Full time: Burton Albion 3 - 1 Southend United

Attendance: 2604

Scorers: Burton - Maghoma (37) Prosser O.G (45+2) Webster (56)

Southend - Sturrock (50)

Referee: Mr I. Williamson

Booked: Burton - Corbett (86) Southend - Soares(71) Easton (73) Barker (81)

Brewers: LEGZDINS, WEBSTER (HARRAD 76), STANTON, MCGRATH, MOORE, CORBETT, PENN, MAGHOMA (PHILLIPS 85), COLLINS, BOLDER, MALONE. Subs: POOLE, HARRAD, BOERTIEN, AUSTIN, WALKER, YOUNG, PHILLIPS.

Southend: MORRIS, CLOHESSY, SIMPSON, COUGHLAN, EASTON, CORR (CRAWFORD 75), PROSSER, SOARES, GERMAN (HALL 46), BARKER, WOODYARD (STURROCK 46). Subs: HERD, HALL, EVANS, CRAWFORD, MIDSON, STURROCK, FERDINAND.

    Data provided by Press Association

    QUICK FACTS

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