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21:38 28th September 2010

Lincoln City 0-0 Burton Albion

Paul Peschisolido's misfiring Brewers picked up another draw, their fifth in the League this season but will have been disappointed not to take all three points in a frustrating stalemate at Sincil Bank. The first half had long spells of playing enterprising football but unfortunately lacked the cutting edge required to break down an often hesitant Lincoln back line. A lack of on target efforts was telling that Albion rarely troubled home keeper Joe Anyon while in rare breaks forward it was Albion goalkeeper Adam Legzdins who did as much to secure a welcome point.

Greg Pearson earned himself a recall to the starting line-up against the Imps as Richard Walker dropped to the bench in the only change to the starting line-up from Saturday's disappointing defeat away at Gillingham. The striker was no stranger to Sincil Bank having made three appearances for the Imps back in 2004 on loan from West Ham United.

That meant that Ryan Austin continued his run of appearances since returning from injury and alongside him, Darren Moore retained his place for his second game in three days after suffering sore ribs in the home game against Hereford earlier in the month.

On the substitutes bench there were further signs that Albion's injury list was receding with both Keith Gilroy and Adam Bolder returning to a strong looking back-up list.

Lincoln were looking to bounce back from a home defeat to newly promoted Stevenage and with some critical boardroom programme notes there was little doubt that the pressure was on the home side after a poor start to the season.

Albion really should have been ahead as early as the fourth minute. Andy Corbett launched the ball forward and when Moses Swaibu missed his header the ball came to Pearson but with the ball bouncing he failed to keep his shot down and the ball went over the crossbar from just inside the penalty area.

The Brewers continued to look the more positive side with some good link up play between Pearson and strike partner Shaun Harrad but with neither player able to fashion a clear cut chance to really test Joe Anyon in the Lincoln goal.

The home side rarely threatened in the early stages with Josh O'Keefe producing a momentary scare in the Albion defence with a shot that went just wide through a crowded penalty area before Darren Moore upended Drewe Broughton just outside the area to give the Imps a set piece which they wasted blasting the ball at skipper John McGrath in the defensive wall.

Albion were soon back on the attack in the 21st minute with good link up play between Jacques Maghoma and Russell Penn working an opening for McGrath who fired not far wide from the edge of the penalty area.

The Brewers captain was given another opportunity to set his sights on goal in the 28th minute when Lincoln looked less than convincing trying to clear a corner and Harrad laid the ball back to him only for the ball to fly wide as his first effort had done.

It was another case of Albion dominating but lacking the final killer touch to take the lead and chances continued to come as Harrad had a free kick deflected over the bar and then seeing Anyon drop onto a flicked effort after good work down the right from Pearson.

Lincoln threatened on a breakaway attack as Albert Jarrett scampered away down the right. He held the ball up and then played in Celtic loan striker Ben Hutchinson who forced a good save from Adam Legzdins diving away to his left. John McGrath picked up a yellow card in the build up for an attempted challenge on Jarrett inside the Lincoln half.

Hutchinson was foiled by the keeper again as Lincoln pressed forward in the closing stages of the half and there was another close call as Jarrett swung a dangerous free kick past the angle of post and crossbar as the first half entered stoppage time after Ryan Austin had been penalised for a foul on Broughton.

When referee Pat Miller brought the half to a close it was a familiar story of Albion enjoying the lions share of the play but without getting the goals their performance deserved just as at Gillingham and perhaps a telling stat that for all their approach play the Brewers did not have an on target effort in the first forty five minutes..

Half time - Lincoln City 0-0 Burton Albion

Shaun Harrad had the first effort of the second period after barely thirty five seconds but his low angled effort was straight at Joe Anyon in the Imps goal but it was at the other end where the better chance came as Josh O'Keefe broke from midfield and after a delightful dummy by a team mate on the edge of the box the Lincoln man brought another good save out of Legzdins who claimed the ball at the second attempt.

Albion had strong appeals for a penalty turned down after John McGrath's free kick seemed to be handled in a scramble for the ball and Albion kept up the pressure with Harrad seeing another effort deflect wide after good approach play from Penn.

Jimmy Phillips was beginning to become more prominent in the second period and a raking crossfield pass from Ryan Austin found the winger in space and with time to cut inside and force a save from Anyon low down to his right.

John McGrath was adopting a shoot on sight policy and twice saw efforts deflect wide of the target as Albion tried to raise the tempo in the second half.

Lincoln had their own shouts for a penalty when Aaron Webster challenged Hutchinson on the edge of the penalty area with referee Miller not interested and the striker wasted a good opportunity shortly after good work played him in with only for his effort to fly well wide of the target.

As the game opened up, Pearson and Harrad combined at the other end but Albion's leading marksman delayed his shot just long enough to allow Swaibu to get in a superb goal saving challenge.

Hutchinson was closer still in the 70th minute with a crashing effort that took a deflection and forced a full length save from Legzdins to push the ball around the post for a corner. Albion immediately brought on Adam Bolder to try and stiffen up the midfield with Jimmy Phillips the man to be sacrificed.

Shaun Harrad was replaced by Richard Walker with eight minutes to go and the home side also made an attacking change with Gavin McCallum introduced in place of the hard working Hutchinson.

McCallum's fellow substitute had a chance to break the deadlock in the 84th minute but glanced his header wide after getting the better of Webster in an aerial challenge.

With time running out it was Maghoma who spurned a glorious chance to secure the points when the ball fell to him inside the box but he fired across goal and well wide of the far post.

LINCOLN: Anyon, Hughton, Watts, Swaibu, Anderson, Keltie, O'Keefe, Jarrett, Facey, Broughton (Carayol, 60), Hutchinson (McCallum, 83). Substitutes: Clapham, Miller, Musselwhite.

ALBION: Legzdins; Corbett, Austin, Moore, Webster; Maghoma, Penn, McGrath, Phillips (Bolder, 70); Harrad (Walker, 82), Pearson. Substitutes: Poole, Boertien, James, Gilroy, Young.

Referee: Mr. P.Miller (Bedfordshire)

Attendance: 2,510 (237 away)

    Data provided by Press Association


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