Burton Albion staged a superb come back to win a thrilling encounter 3-2 against Morecambe. Two goals from Aaron Webster and Greg Pearson's 81st minute penalty sealed the points for the Brewers. Morecambe had lead early in the second half after a brace from Andrew Fleming.
Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido took the decision to leave out central midfielder John McGrath for the visit of Morecambe to the Pirelli Stadium. In came Lewis Young who would operate wide on the right, with Russell Penn taking up a central role.
Elsewhere Andrew Corbett returned from injury at right back in place of Tony James. Last season this fixture produced 7 goals, and with neither side to have registered a goal in the League this season, a repeat of last season would be a welcome change for the Brewers.
And it took just one minute for that change to come for the men in yellow. Lewis Young whipped in a cross from the right and Aaron Webster powered his header past Barry Roche to open the Brewers league account for the season.
It was the perfect start for the Brewers but they were pegged back in the eigth minute when Darren Moss got in behind Paul Boertien and picked out Andrew Fleming with his cross who diverted the ball home to make it 1-1,
It had been a positive opening ten minutes from both sides with Lewis Young looking lively on the right wing for the Brewers. His low cross to the near post almost found Greg Pearson but he was well challenged by Moss.
Morecambe really should have taken the lead in the eleventh minute. Adam Rundle crossed from the left to Fleming, who was unmarked eight yards out. But his header was two close to Legzdins to cause trouble. The poor defending uncharacteristic of the Brewers start to the 2010-11 season. One minute later Pearson then had a header of his own saved by Roche, following Aaron Webster's ball in from the left.
Morecambe sustained some pressure on the Brewers defence with a series of free kicks from wide positions but 25 minutes Albion held firm, often threatening to cause problems of the their own on the breakaway.
A great chance fell to Shaun Harrad in the 29th minute. A mistake by Moss let in the striker to run in on goal from the left. Harrad opened his body and curled his shot across Roche, but the keeper saved, only for Russell Penn to mis hit his follow up effort wide.
Only half an hour in and John McGrath was reintroduced to the side. Paul Boertien was forced to be replaced, with Aaron Webster dropping back to the left side of defence and Penn switching to left midfield.
And three minutes before the break Harrad could have scored his first goal in the league this season. Lewis Young sent Russell Penn free, Penn returned the ball to Young who knocked it across once more for Harrad who shot from 18 yards out. Roche saved the first attempt but the ball broke back to Harrad who tried to slot the ball past Roche, but the big keeper managed to get just enough on the shot and the ball was cleared off the line.
Half time: Burton Albion 1 - 1 Morecambe
Paul Boertien was confirmed at half time having suffered a calf strain, forcing the left back off after 31 minutes.
Morcambe had the first chance of the second haflf, and it was an excellent opportunity to take the lead. Phil Jevons squared for Fleming who rolled his marker before firing his low shot stratight at Legzdins.
Morecambe then took the lead in the 51st minute. There didnt seem to be too much danger when Jevons shot from 20 yards but the ball skidded past Legzdins and came back across goal off the post to Chris Shuker whp crossed low for Fleming to score his second of the game.
Morecambe continued to have the better of possession with the Brewers being guilty of giving the ball away far too easily. Only a close offise call prevented Jevons from a clear chance on goal in the 57th minute. Although the Brewers did go close through Pearson's chest and volley a minute later which was deflected for a corner.
Jimmy Phillips was brought on for Adam Bolder in the 59th minute as Peschisolido looked to go with width on both wings. Andy Corbett was booked after giving away a freekick in a dangerous position three minutes later. Although Jevons struck the set piece well over the bar. Craig Stanley then shot just wide from 25 yards a minute later.
The Shrimps kept up their pressure and Legzdins was forced to punch clear Rundle's dangerous corner, before Burton conceeded another dangerous freekick in a crossing position on the left. Stanley's ball across was knocked behind for another corner, but the Brewers were awarded a free kick after Paul Scott unfairly challenged for the ball.
Jimmy Phillips had livened things up for the Brewers though and he almost got on the end of a couple of crosses from the right. The same player was then tripped 25 yards out in the 72nd minute, but Webster struck the freekick into the wall.
John McGrath then had a well hit shot from 25 yards saved by Roche at the expense of a corner. Rickard Walker was brought on for Harrad before the kick was taken, and when the ball was crossed Webster saw his headed effort saved on the goal line.
And the Brewers were level in the 75th minute, Aaron Webster again with the goal. It had come after a spell of pressure for the Brewers. Lewis Young whipped across a corner and the ball broke at the far post for Webster to fire home and level things up.
It was 3-2 to the Brewers in the 81st minute. Richard Walker held up play well in the box and laid off to Pearson who was brought down by Chris McCready. Pearson picked himself up to slam home the spot kick.
Sammy McIlory responded with a double substitution, replacing Paul Scott and Chris Shuker with Stewart Drummond and Paul Mullin. Mark Duffy then came on for Adam Rundle.
Morecambe turned up the pressure in the closing minutes and saw a succession of freekicks repelled by the Brewers defence. Legzdins produced an excellent save from Drummonds effort in the 90th minute. Following a Stanley corner the ball dropped to Drummond 7 yards out who turned and shot powerfully but Legzdins' reactions could have saved the three points for the Brewers.
Final score: Burton Albion 3 - 2 Morecambe
Scorers: Brewers - Webster (1, 75) Pearson (pen 81) Morecambe: Fleming (8, 51)
Booked: Corbett: 62, Pearson 82
Referee: Mr G. Sutton
Brewers: LEGZDINS, BOERTIEN (McGRATH31), WEBSTER, STANTON, MOORE, CORBETT, HARRAD (WALKER 72), PENN, PEARSON, YOUNG, BOLDER (PHILLIPS 59). Subs: POOLE, JAMES, MCGRATH, WALKER, ELLISON, PHILLIPS, MAGHOMA.
Morecambe: ROCHE, MOSS, SCOTT (DRUMMOND 85), STANLEY, RUNDLE (DUFFY 87), SHUKER (MULLIN 85), JEVONS, McCREADY, FLEMING, WILSON, PARRISH