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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:53 1th January 2011

Brewers 0-0 Shrewsbury Town

The Brewers started the New Year with a 0-0 draw against promotion chasing Shrewsbury Town. It was a game low on chances with neither keeper forced into many saves.

There was another good performance by Jacques Maghoma who was at the heart of every attack for Burton , but in the end both teams would probably settle for the point.

Burton Albion kicked off 2011 with the visit of Shrewsbury Town to the Pirelli Stadium. It was the first time either side had played since December 11th, the winter weather having decimated the Christmas football schedule.

Paul Peschisolido handed a debut to midfielder Bryan Hughes who came in to replace Aaron Webster in the one change to the starting eleven who brushed aside Southend United three weeks ago. Webster, who only returned to training on Friday following a calf injury took his place on the bench.

Elsewhere there was no place in the squad for top scorer Shaun Harrad, who rumours of a move away from the Pirelli Stadium continue to circle.

It was a lively opening with Matt Harrold seeing his shot from the edge of the area blocked away by Darren Moore in the second minute. Jacques Maghoma then hit a weak effort at Shrews keeper Chris Neal after twisting and turning on the edge of the area.

Maghoma then had a more powerful effort saved again by Neal after the Brewers midfielder turned neatly just outside the area.

Matt Harrold then wasted a glorius opportunity to put the visitors one up. Nathan Stanton's slip let in the Shrews forward but with only Legzdins to beat, Harrold stroked the ball wide.

James Collins then had the home crowd on its feet with a superb volley 15 yards after a good cross from Russell Penn. Collins' shot was straight at Neal who gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Harrold went in the book in the 23rd minute after a clumsy challenge on Jacques Maghoma.

Great play by Scott Malone created another chance for Jacques Maghoma in the 29th minute. Malone played a one two with Collins before sliding a ball through for Maghoma who once again shot straight at Neal.

Maghoma then robbed the Matt Sadler of the ball on the edge of the Shrews area but wasted the opportunity when he failed to pick out Collins with his low cross.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-0 Shrewsbury Town

There were no changes at the break but the Brewers began the second half looking a little flat with Shrewsbury hanging on to more of the ball. Aaron Webster was brought on in place of Bryan Hughes in the 57th minute with the Brewers looking to establish more of the possession.

And it was Webster who went close in the 63rd minute, forcing a good save out of Neal from a freekick 20 yards out after Maghoma was fouled.

Maghoma had been lively all game and almost put Webster through a minute later, but a sliding challenge by Dean Holden cleared the ball away from danger.

Collins had a shot on goal blocked in the 67th minute, his shot on the half volley from Malone's corner was bravely blocked by Shane Cansdell-Sherrif in the Shrews defence,

With ten minutes to go Russell Penn was replaced by Jimmy Phillips.

Burton were pressing with five minutes to go, once again Maghoma was at the heart of the attacking play, he combined with Webster to release Malone down the left but his low cross into the danger area was scambled away.

Webster then almost headed the Brewers into the lead. He met Malone's cross at the near post but guided his effort just wide.

Full time: Burton Albion 0-0 Shrewsbury Town

Attendance: 3594

Referee: Mr O. Langford

Booked: Burton - Malone (44) Shrewsbury - Harrold (23)

Brewers: LEGZDINS, CORBETT, MALONE, STANTON, MOORE, MCGRATH, BOLDER, PENN (PHILLIPS 80), MAGHOMA, HUGHES (WEBSTER 57), COLLINS. Subs: POOLE, BOERTIEN, WEBSTER, AUSTIN, PHILLIPS, PEARSON, DYER.

Shrews: NEAL, SADLER, SHARPS, CANDSDELL-SHERRIFF, WRIGHT, MCINTYRE, HARROLD, HOLDEN, AINSWORTH (OBADEYI 76), TUTTE, BRADSHAW (ROBINSON 90). Subs: RAVEN, MCALLISTER, ROBINSON, LESLIE, NEAL, SMITH, OBADEYI.

    Data provided by Press Association

    QUICK FACTS

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