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Match Previews


30 January 2018

THE Brewers host Reading at the Pirelli Stadium this evening (7.45PM kick off).


The two sides met around a month ago in the Sky Bet Championship, where Burton Albion ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Tom Flanagan and Tom Naylor at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading have beaten Burton Albion three times in the past, however. Twice in the Championship last season and once in the League Cup back in 2009.


Nigel Clough could welcome back Ben Turner for tonight's visit of Reading after he missed Saturday's trip to Fulham.

Kyle McFadzean has been suffering with an illness all week but could be fit for tonight's game.

Tonight's game might be too soon for new loan signing Darren Bent as Clough looks to ease him in to first-team duties.

Liam Boyce has returned to full training after his ACL rupture in a pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury Town. He won't be fit for action until mid-February, but the Albion boss is hoping his return will be a welcome boost to his whole squad.

Will Miller had an operation on a dislocated knee cap last Saturday, and the surgery went 'as well as it could have done' according to Clough.


Joey van den Berg, Liam Kelly and Sone Aluko should all start after missing Friday night's FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Academy graduate Sam Smith grabbed a late consolation for the Royals against the Owls but is unlikely to start ahead of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson up top.

There are no fresh injury concerns for the visitors, but long-term absentees Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane and John Swift will all continue to miss out.


Robert Jones is the man in the middle tonight. The English referee has predominantly refereed League Two games this season, but has recently made the step up to the Championship. He's brandished 72 yellow cards this term, and six reds.

He'll be assisted by Mark Russell and Adam Matthews with Andy Woolmer the fourth official.


Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for tonight's game against Reading, and can do so online, over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.

Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):

Adult: £20.00

Senior 65+: £18.00

Young Person 17-22: £15.00

Under 17: £7.00


Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as Burton Albion's overflow car park at Ryknild Industrial Estate, left at the island for £5. the Pirelli Tyres staff car park is available this season (£3 per car).

Burton Albion encourages fans to walk to the ground or use public transport to get to the stadium if possible. Supporters who do come to the ground in vehicles are encouraged to car share. 
All supporters are asked to park responsibly and to be aware of parking restrictions and the needs of residents when leaving their vehicles.


The Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) will be hosting a mixture of footballing activities on the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G before tonight's game. Activities include small sided games, penalty shoot outs, skill challenges and much more. It's completely FREE with a match ticket! Just turn up between 6PM and 6.45PM.


After a successful trial Burton Albion Football Club is making its Family Area a regular feature for the remainder of the 2017-18 Season.

Fans wishing to use the Family Area should enter the ground by the North Stand turnstiles and then turn right and enter the stand at the far end. They should then use section J of the stand which will be reserved for under 16s and their families. No person will be allowed into this area unless they are with an under 16. There will be zero tolerance of bad language in the Family Area.


Burton Albion is reminding fans that they are encouraged not to bring bags to the Pirelli Stadium.

The policy is in operation for security and safety reasons and is in line with other football clubs in the EFL.

The club does not permit holdalls and rucksacks in the stands, terraces or in hospitality areas. The club also discourages bringing smaller bags into the ground. Anyone bringing any bag to the Pirelli Stadium will have to have it checked and tagged by security staff. This will mean that supporters must be willing to present their bags for checking on arrival and that there may be queues meaning extra time will be needed to enter the stadium.

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Match Reports


30 January 2018

Reading exacted revenge for their pre-Christmas defeat at the Madejski with a 3-1 victory over the Brewers on a rainy night at the Pirelli. Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson struck in each half along with a second half strike from Chris Gunter after Lucas Akins' 51st minute penalty had levelled matters and briefly given Albion hope of ending their winless home run.

Nigel Clough made two changes to the side beaten away at Fulham last time out. With Ben Turner having recovered from the calf problem that kept him out at Craven Cottage he returned to the back line as Marvin Sordell dropped to the bench and there was a debut for loan signing Darren Bent who came in to the side in place of Lloyd Dyer, Clough opting to go with two up top pairing the experienced front man with Lucas Akins in a 3-5 2 formation.

With Albion still smarting from their heavy defeat at Fulham and Reading bottom of the current form table it was no surprise that the opening exchanges were somewhat scrappy.

The first real chance of an opening came on eight minutes when Akins beat the offside line to get onto Jake Buxton's searching ball over the top. The angle was probably too tight for a shot and when the striker tried to pull it back to the edge of the box the retreating Reading defence were able to hack it clear of danger. Promising signs though that Albion could get in behind the Royals back line.

There was concern in the Brewers ranks when Akins went to ground after a clash of boots going for the same ball which left the Burton man gingerly getting to his feet but ready to continue after attention from Nick Fenton.

Reading's best moment of the game to this point came on nineteen minutes after some patient passing worked the ball into Sone Aluko on the edge of the box. Measuring his left foot shot the former Hull and Fulham man found the target but Stephen Bywater was more than equal to it.

Just a minute later and there was nothing Bywater could do as Reading grabbed a lead they barely deserved. A cross in from the right seemed to be drifting out and the Burton defence seemed to switch off as Leandro Bacuna kept it in. John Brayford went to stop the former Aston Villa man advancing too far but all he had to do was roll the ball across the six yard box for BODVARSSON to tap in a simple finish.

Liam Moore was the first player to see a yellow card on 26 minutes, the former Leicester man crunching into a challenge on Tom Naylor which referee Rob Jones took exception to after a couple of other questionable challenges early in the game from his team mates.

Turner also found himself in the book for trying to stop Bodvarsson turning him quickly on the half way line. The Icelandic striker got away and referee Jones played advantage but still went back and carded the Albion man for his attempted foul.

Bacuna fancied himself to get a goal himself with his side in the lead already but twice from similar positions just outside the box the wide man blazed wide over the target without troubling Bywater.

The Reading right hand side was full of pace and when Modou Barrow burst through on a challenge from Buxton halted him but illegally in the eyes of referee Jones and the Burton skipper followed his fellow centre back into the referees book.

Neither side could find a way to seriously threaten in the remaining minutes of what had proved to be a largely tame first half of football.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-1 Reading

The second half sprung to life just six minutes in when referee Jones pointed to the penalty spot as Samuelsen was bundled off the ball by Dave Edwards rather needlessly. Having missed from the spot last time Albion were awarded a penalty, at Sheffield Wednesday on New Years Day, AKINS stepped up and this time comprehensively sent Mannone the wrong way to equalise.

Albion were level for just six minutes as Reading worked a set piece to retake the lead. Bacuna was again the architect with a corner that instead of being played into the penalty area, was played towards skipper Chris Gunter loitering just outside the box. The Royals skipper was able to take a touch before steering a low shot through a crowded box and beyond the despairing dive of Bywater.

Reading threatened to take the game away from Albion as Bodvarsson seemed to go tumbling under pressure at the far post trying to tap home his second from a low cross and Barrow had his head in his hands when his shot on the turn waas deflected over after some loose defending inside the Burton box.

BODVARSSON's second goal of the night on 68 minutes put clear daylight between the two sides and disappointingly for Albion it was such a simple goal. One long ball out from the back found the run of Barrow down the left and his run and low cross into the middle was finished coolly by the Icelander from close range despite Bywater getting something to the ball.

Clough rung the changes with both Bent and Samuelsen coming off as the second half progressed to be replaced by former Reading man Hope Akpan and Marvin Sordell with neither seemingly able to put enough pressure on the Reading defence to force Mannone into any worrying moments at the back.

Akpan let fly from the edge of tghe box on 84 minutes but his shot lacked the curl on it to find the bottom corner and Reading's former Arsenal keeper was able to watch in relative comfort as the ball skidded beyond the post.

As the rain continued to fall on what felt a really wintry and disappointing night Albion could not find a way back into the game as once again the three points slipped away from them after a promising start.

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Ticket News


8 January 2018

TICKETS for Burton Albion's home game against Reading are now on sale to Season Ticket Holders and Priority Members.

The Brewers are set to host Jaap Stam's men on Saturday 27 January (kick off 3pm) at the Pirelli Stadium.

Season Ticket Holders and Priority Members have until 10AM on Thursday 11 January to purchase their tickets before all remaining tickets are released on general sale.

As Reading drew with Stevenage in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, the game will be replayed at the Madejski Stadium - and should Reading progress, the league fixture with the Brewers will have to be re-arranged.

If Reading do not progress to the fourth round then the scheduled fixture on Saturday 27 January will go ahead as planned.

Should the game be re-arranged, all pre-purchased tickets will still be valid despite the original date printed on the ticket.

Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):
Adult: £20.00
Senior 65+: £18.00
Young Person 17-22: £15.00
Under 17: £7.00

Ticket prices are as follows (seats):
Adult: £24.00
Senior 65+: £22.00
Young Person 17-22: £14.00
Under 17: £14.00

The easiest way to buy tickets is online. Alternatively, Albion fans can purchase tickets over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during normal opening hours.

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