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MATCH PREVIEW: WOLVES

30 September 2017

BURTON Albion play their second home game in a week this afternoon when they welcome Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Pirelli Stadium.

HEAD 2 HEAD

Wolves have never beaten Burton Albion. The Brewers went to Molineux early on last season and rescued a late draw before winning the reverse fixture 2-1 in February thanks to goals from Michael Kightly and Cauley Woodrow.



SEASON SO FAR

After scrapping towards the bottom end of the table last season Wolves have surprisingly started the new campaign in high spirits which has seen them as high as second in the table so far. They currently sit fourth after a recent loss to Sheffield United. 


BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS

The Brewers could be without influential defenders John Brayford and Ben Turner for today’s home game against Wolves.

Both players picked up hamstring injuries in the game against Aston Villa on Tuesday night and with an international break coming up may well need that time to recover.

Burton Albion will definitely be without striker Joe Mason, who can’t play against his parent club as part of the terms of his loan deal.

WOLVES TEAM NEWS
With Willy Boly out injured and Conor Coady now suspended, Nuno Espirito Santo now has a selection dilemma. Romain Saiss could be in contention to drop back, although Ryan Bennett seems the most likely replacement. With Helder Costa now fully fit and likely to start once again, Kortney Hause is the only other notable absence for Wolves.



REFEREE

Tony Harrington will be the man in the middle this afternoon. The Cleveland-based referee has been in charge of ten matches this season, seven of which were in the Sky Bet Championship. He has already brandished 43 yellow cards, and a red in each of his last two games. 


TICKETS

Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for today’s game against Wolves, 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



CAR PARKING

Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as the Pirelli Tyres staff car park (£3 per car) and new for this season the Eton Park Junior School (£4 per car). All money collected from Pirelli staff car park will go to charity. Funds raised at the school will go to its PTA to help benefit pupils.

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.

PRE-MATCH ACTIVITIES

The Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) will be hosting a mixture of footballing activities on the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G before tonight' 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 1.15PM and 2PM.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: WOLVES

30 September 2017

Albion suffered a second home defeat of the week as Wolves ran out 4-0 winners following a rampant first half showing at the Pirelli Stadium which saw Diogo Jota, Romain Saiss and Ruben Vinagre put the visitors in complete control before the break.

Substitute Leo Bonatini added a fourth just after the hour mark to send Wolves back into the Championship top two while Albion sit just a point outside the relegation places heading into the enforced break.

The three changes made by manager Nigel Clough were in part forced upon him following the loss of John Brayford and Ben Turner through injury. Despite being missing two of his most influential defenders Clough opted to stick with a back three moving Stephen Warnock into the back three allowing Lloyd Dyer to come in on the left. Tom Flanagan, after impressing last time out against Manchester United returned at right wing back. Clough also opted to push Lucas Akins further forwards into a central attacking in place of Marvin Sordell, a move which allowed Hope Akpan to come into a central midfield role.

Wolves took just five minutes to get themselves ahead. The bounce of the ball in midfield deceived Luke Murphy and in a flash Ivan Cavaleiro was laying the ball forwards for the run of JOTA who ran on, outpacing Kyle McFadzean before calmly slotting home past Bywater.

An already difficult looking afternoon got even harder on eleven minutes when Wolves doubled their lead. A free kick on the angle of the box looked routine for Bywater but he failed to hold on to it cleanly and big midfielder SAISS was there almost on the line to poke it home.

Saiss was then well placed to keep his side two goals in front when Warnock went in a teasing cross and the Wolves man just got there ahead of Jake Buxton to divert the ball wide of the post at the expense of a corner.

Albion made a fist of trying to get back into it and a superb run from Dyer, latching onto a pass from Akins produced some last ditch defending inside the Wolves box to concede a corner before Jamie Allen showed good awareness on the edge of the box to whip in a shot that John Ruddy had to palm away from underneath his crossbar.

Chances continued to come for the Brewers and on 33 minutes a free kick swung in by Allen wasnt particularly well dealt with by the Wolves back line and when Akpan lashed a shot across the box Akins could not quite divert it on target from six yards.

Wolves were still looking dangerous when their slick passing got them running at the Burton defence and Jota was sniffing out a second goal on 39 minutes but after turning inside and seeing his initial effort blocked he was quickly onto the loose ball firing it just into the side netting much to the relief of Bywater coming across to cover.

The relief was short lived for Albion who finally succumbed to a third goal on 41 minutes. Wolves Portuguese connections were heavily involved once again as VINAGRE played a one two with Cavaleiro before confidently slotting home inside the near post.

For the second game running Albion were going into half time on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against another excellent footballing side.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Albion swapped Tom Flanagan for Tom Naylor at the break but it was still Wolves with all the forward momentum immediately after the restart. Full back Matt Doherty was felled right on the edge of the box by Warnock with referee Tony Harrington deciding that contact was outside the box and only awarding a free kick. Cavaleiro tried to tee up Doherty from the free kick but Albion blocked effectively to clear the danger.

Dyer looked to inject some pace and incision into the Burton attack with a darting run into the box on 52 minutes onto to be blocked at the near post. The introduction of Sordell for Akpan was also a change intended to add some pace to the Albion attacking options.

Wolves did not need a helping hand but they got one on 61 minutes as they raided with pace and precision to net a fourth goal of the afternoon. Doherty was quick to seize on a pass from Warnock that failed to reach it's intended target of Dyer on the left and linking with Cavaleiro the break was on down the right. Doherty continued his run into the box and was then able to set up BONATINI for a comprehensive finish into the roof of the net.

A third change saw Luke Varney introduced for Scannell and he hadnt been on the pitch long before he picked up a yellow card for a foul on Saiss, the first of the game.

Wolves introduced youngsters Jack Price and Connor Ronan, resting some of their with Jota and Neves given a breather for the closing stages.

The changes made little difference in the end as Wolves had already bared their teeth in savaging the Brewers and sending them into the international break on the back of two disappointing defeats, albeit against sides who will undoubtedly be contesting the promotion race come the end of the season.

Skipper Danny Batth almost added a fifth late on heading against the post from a corner and seeing the ball rebound out off Bywater before finally being cleared. A fifth would have been definitely harsh on Albion.

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Ticket News

WOLVES TICKETS NOW ON SALE

30 August 2017

TICKETS for Burton Albion’s home fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers are now on sale.

Season ticket holders and priority members can purchase up to four tickets before all remaining tickers are released on to general sale at 10AM on Saturday 2 September.
 
There will be a limit of 4 tickets per person on all purchases.

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 at burtonalbionfc.co.uk. Alternatively, Albion fans can purchase tickets over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during normal opening hours.

The last time Wolves visited the Pirelli Stadium it ended in a 2-1 victory for the Brewers. Cauley Woodrow scored a late winner in the 94th minute to secure three vital points for Burton Albion.

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