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MATCH REPORT

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16:54 27th August 2011

Accrington Stanley 2-1 Burton Albion

Second half goals from Dean Winnard and Wes Fletcher ended Albion's run of ten games without defeat as Accrington came from behind to take all three points at the Crown Ground. Justin Richards' first half strike ensured that the Brewers maintained their record of taking the lead in every league game so far this season, but unlike a week ago at Southend, Burton Albion couldn't resist the second half pressure from the home side and fell behind with eight minutes remaining after Wes Fletcher was able to get the better of Ryan Austin in the penalty area before firing home past Ross Atkins into the bottom corner.

New signing Billy Kee started on the bench for the Brewers on his return to former club Accrington Stanley as Paul Peschisolido went with an unchanged starting eleven from the victory over Southend last weekend.

Accrington lined up with the inclusion of two debutants, Danny Coid in left midfield and Padraig Amond in the lone striker's role of a 4-2-3-1 formation.

There was an early chance for Albion when Justin Richards picked the ball up 20 yards from goal, he shifted it across the edge of the area to Maghoma who saw his low shot well saved by Sean Murdoch. That was the only opportunity of an otherwise low key opening ten minutes with the home side enjoying more of the possession.

Accrington's first real opportunity came when Wes Fletcher made the best of a thrown into the area from the left, he turned inside his defender and drilled a low shot in on goal, Atkins made a good save with his legs and Austin was on hand to clear.

Calvin Zola was brought down on the edge of the area in the 17th minute. The freekick was an ideal angle for a left footer but although Aaron Webster's low shot on goal went through the wall, it was just the wrong side of the near post.

Chances had been few and far between for either side as the game approached the half hour mark. Both teams were defending well with most of Albion's attacks coming down the right side through Palmer. Maghoma by comparison was looking a little isolated down the left with Accrington staying well on top of the Congolese midfielder.

There was a brief opening for the home side in the 31st minute when Mcintrye's cross from the left found Andrew Proctor who rose highest but nodded the ball wide.

Burton started to pressure as the first half drew to a close. Webster sent in a cross from the left, that was nodded away as far as Palmer who's shot was charged down and cleared. Accrington then were quick to attack down the other end but as soon as that broke down Bolder picked up the ball and slipped it through to Justin RICHARDS who timed his run to stay onside, racing away from the Stanley backline and staying cool to slot the ball past Murdoch for his third of the season.

Accrington applied the pressure before the break looking for a leveller but the Burton defence stood firm.

Half time: Accrington Stanley 0-1 Burton Albion

There were no changes at the break at it was the Brewers who had the first opportunity, breaking away down the left through Richards, he played in Maghoma who got his shot away from the left edge of the area, it looked to be dipping in but Murdoch tipped it away for a corner. Palmer's corner kick was easily cleared by Stanley.

Austin then lined up a freekick from 40 yards out, it was hit with plenty of power but the ball flew wide of the keeper's left hand post.

Accrington were looking to maintain a spell of pressure as the game approached the hour mark, Austin and James were able to head away everything that was thrown into the Albion area however. Burton were still dangerous on the counter and Zola saw his shot from the left edge of the area go wide of the far post following Palmer's run.

Accrington thought they had levelled on 60 minutes when Danny Coid smashed a shot off the inside of the post from the edge of the area with the home crowd starting to up the atmosphere inside the Crown Ground.

Chris Palmer was replaced in the 69th minute for Jimmy Phillips with Accrington still pressuring the Albion back line.

Adam Bolder picked up his fifth booking of the season for a mistimed tackle on McIntrye deep into the Burton half. And from the resulting Sean Hessey freekick Dean WINNARD guided ball past Atkins at the near post to level things up after 72 minutes.

Billy Kee came on for his first Albion appearance in the 75th minute, replacing Calvin Zola.

Accrington took the lead in the 82nd minute when Winnard's long ball down the right picked out Wes FLETCHER who got the better of Austin before shooting low past Atkins into the bottom corner.

Phillips had the chance to equalise three minutes later, picking up Kee's cross from the right before taking a touch and shooting wide of the keeper's right hand post.

Accrington were able to play out the four minutes of added time in relative comfort as the Brewers suffered their first league defeat of the 2011-12 season.

Full time: Accrington Stanley 2-1 Burton Albion

Attendance: 1362

Scorers: Stanley - Winnard (72) Fletcher (82) Brewers - Richards (39)

Referee: Mr G. Eltringham

Booked: Bolder (71)

Accrington: MURDOCH, COID, WINNARD, HESSEY, PROCTOR, CRANEY, JOYCE, MCINTYRE, LONG, FLETCHER, AMOND. Subs: DUNBAVIN, LINDFIELD, BARNETT, MURPHY, MOULT.

Brewers: ATKINS, CORBETT, AUSTIN, JAMES, WEBSTER, PALMER, BOLDER, MCGRATH, MAGHOMA, RICHARDS, ZOLA. Subs: POOLE, MOORE, BLANCHETT, PHILLIPS, KEE.

    Data provided by Press Association

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