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17:15 21st April 2012

Burton Albion 0-4 Aldershot Town

A lacklustre and uninspiring performance from the Brewers got everything it deserved as Aldershot Town waltzed towards one of their easiest wins of the season. Four unanswered goals were not what Albion wanted after last week's dire result at Bristol Rovers.

Albion could point to what looked like a stonewall penalty that should have been given when Greg Pearosn was sent tumbling in the box but that was clutching at straws as Aldershot ruthlessly took the chances that were gifted to them by some poor Albion defending.

Aaron Webster and Greg Pearson returned to the team for the Brewers as Gary Rowett's men looked to put last weekend's bad memories behind them. Webster replaced Danny Blanchett who dropped out of the sixteen and Pearson was drafted in with Justin Richards granted compassionate leave following the sudden death of his mother during the week.

A bright start for the Brewers brought them an early chance within 90 seconds. An neat exchange of passes on the left between Maghoma and Webster saw the latter drive a cross in the six yard box that was only half cleared. Maghoma picked up the ball and fired a decent chance high over the bar.

Aldershot responded quickly and a thunderous shot from Wilko Risser was helped behind for a corner by the forearm of Ross Atkins as the ball moved viciously in the air.

Another good opportunity presented itself for Albion in the eighth minute from a set piece. Maghoma won and then took a free kick from just outside the box then proceeded to fire his shot into the wall where it broke kindly for Greg Pearson who tried to poke the ball past Jamie Young only to be denied by a sprawling save from the Shots keeper.

The visitors grabbed the lead on 16 minutes as Albion failed to deal with a routine free kick into the box. Both Risser and Peter VINCENTI had shots blocked and as Albion failed to take the chance to clear their lines the Jersey born midfielder had the time to control and steer a low shot across Ross Atkins into the corner of the net.

The Brewers were denied what seemed a clear cut penalty minutes later as Pearson worked room inside the box and was shaping to shoot when he was bundled over but referee Mark Brown decided not to award the spot kick.

Albion found it hard to string moves together with the midfield perhaps sitting a little too deep and struggling to find their targets in attack. An Adam Bolder header on the half hour had Young diving to his right to clutch the ball after a good move down the left.

Both sides spurned chances from free kicks within moments of each other as Danny Hylton curled an effort wide and Aaron Webster saw his effort deflect off the top of the defensive to give Albion a corner that was eventually headed over the bar by Bolder after a training ground routine failed to pay off.

Chances continued to be at a premium in what was otherwise a largely uneventful half with Albion too wasteful on the ball and in need of improvement after the break.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-1 Aldershot Town

Burton needed to come out all guns blazing in the second half but disappointingly it failed to happen and Aldershot were almost gited a second when Ross Atkins saw his clearance half charged down and as Ryan Austin tried to guide a header back to his keeper Wilko Risser almost nipped in to head home but Atkins eventuaslly claimed afer being fouled by the tall Shots striker.

Greg Pearson found himself in space on the left hand side of the penalty area as Albion managed to create an opening but the striker went for the near post and only rippled the side netting.

There was concern for skipper Nathan Stanton moments later as he took the full force of a Danny Hylton shot in the face and after several minutes treatment it was time for Tony James to come on and take over defensive duties as Stanton left the field still looking somewhat groggy.

Calvin Zola did well to make a chance for himself just before the hour as he brought the ball down well but his shot lacked power to beat Young. Typically Aldershot went up the other end and quickly doubled their advantage, Aaron Webster tried to let the ball run out with Mark Molesley having other ideas. The midfielder kept the ball in and fed Aaron Morris who put the ball into the back post for RISSER to climb highest and head into the net.

Albion threw on Adi Yussuf for the last twenty five minutes in a straight swap with Pearson as the Brewers looked for some flicker of hope that they could rescue something.

Aldershot replaced both of their scorers on 72 minutes with Doug Bergqvist and Josh Payne coming on to freshen up the visiting side who were again beginning to dominate proceedings.

It quickly became three for Aldershot on 76 minutes as Albion tamely surrendered again. Jimmy Phillips didnt win the free kick that he was hoping for and after that it was all about Anthony Straker racing away and pulling a simple ball across the six yard box for Guy MADJO to tap home another goal.

It got worse on 82 minutes as MADJO doubled his tally. A free kick was played short to Jack Dyer but poor control let him down and when a ball was played straight down the middle Ryan Austin was outpaced by the Cameroonian striker and although Atkins managed to parry his initial shot a follow-up header was enough to add to Albion's misery.

The end could not come quick enough for Albion and had they showed the desire that the Aldershot players showed in blocking efforts even when they were 4-0 up then the result would have perhaps looked different.

ALBION: Atkins; Corbett, Stanton, Austin, Webster; Phillips, Bolder, Dyer, Maghoma; Zola, Pearson. Substitutes: Poole, James, Palmer, Yussuf, Taylor.

ALDERSHOT: Young, Herd, Straker, Jones, Hylton, Morris, Vincenti, Molesley, Madjo, Brown, Risser. Substitutes: Mekki, Bergqvist, Clement, Roberts, Payne.

Referee: Mr. M.Brown (East Yorkshire)

GOALS: Aldershot - Vincenti (16), Risser (61), Madjo (76, 82)

Attendance: 2,255

    Data provided by Press Association


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