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27 October 2017

THE Brewers start their home double header tomorrow afternoon when they take on Ipswich Town at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Brewers have only faced Ipswich Town twice in competitive fixtures, both of which game last season in the Sky Bet Championship. They first faced each other in October at Portman Road where, despite an outstanding performance, the Brewers were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

The reverse fixture wasn’t much better for the Brewers as Ipswich ran out 2-1 winners on the night at the Pirelli Stadium. Lucas Akins with the goal for Burton Albion. 


Mick McCarthy’s men started the season winning their first five games in all competitions, only to be halted by Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup. The defeat was the start of an up and down campaign for Ipswich as they have struggled to find a consistent form ever since.


John Brayford has been sidelined by a second hamstring injury picked up in the first 15 minutes at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The defender had only just got back onto the pitch from a similar injury but now faces another lay off.

Lucas Akins and Ben Turner also both came off with hamstring and knee injuries respectively at the City Ground with the defender the most likely to be back to face Ipswich on Saturday at the Pirelli Stadium. Will Miller (hamstring) and Joe Mason (back) will take longer to recover.


After losing to rivals Norwich in the Old Farm derby last weekend, Dominic Iorfa could come back into the starting XI to sure up the defence. Emyr Huws, Andre Dozzell and Luke Hyam are all out with long-term injuries, while Teddy Bishop is still sidelined but nearing a return.


Wiltshire-based Simon Hooper will be the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon. The Championship referee has taken charge of 14 games this season including four EFL Cup games. His assistants are Mr Adam Crysell and Mr Daniel Robathan with Mr Andy Woolmer the 4th official. 


Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for tomorrows’s game against Ipswich, 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 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.


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.

Brewers fans are being reminded that part of the North Stand will be designated as a Family Area for the next two home games.

The club is aiming to improve the matchday experience for parents and their children by piloting the Family Area.

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.

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Match Reports


28 October 2017

A 90th minute free kick from substitute Bersant Celina ripped a hard earned point from Albion's grasp at the end of a tight encounter at the Pirelli Stadium.

Albion were more than worthy of a point after going ahead early in the second half through Ben Turner's towering header but Martyn Waghorn's equaliser nine minutes later set up a tense finish crowned by the Manchester City loanee's stunning winner. The midfielder stepped up and curled the ball beyond the dive of Connor Ripley to snatch all three points for Mick McCarthy's side.

After the disappointment of the defeat at the City Ground boss Nigel Clough made three changes for the visit of the Tractor Boys. Ripley was handed a Championship debut as Stephen Bywater missed out due to personal reasons. Matty Lund returned in a midfield three as Albion shuffled players around to counter the loss of John Brayford with a hamstring strain. Lucas Akins, fit again after coming off at half time against Forest slotted in at right wing back. The third change saw Marvin Sordell restored to the attack as Sean Scannell missed out with an injury picked up in Friday's training.

Using the windy conditions to their advantage in the first half it was Albion who had the best of the early play with Ipswich struggling to get out of their own half as the Brewers set about their task with relish. Skipper Jake Buxton guided a header on target from Lund's free kick early on and Sordell saw a left footed effort deflect wide of the target from inside the box moments later. From the resulting corner it was Ben Turner getting in on the act with a low angled shot that went just wide.

Albion continued to look the more lively although the organised Ipswich backline was doing a good job of restricting chances on goal, although Albion nearly benefitted a low cross from Akins was cleared by skipper Luke Chambers against his own team mate Jonas Knudsen and for a moment it looked as if the ball might rebound into the Ipswich net.

Lund was providing bags of energy in the midfield and it looked like an opportunity had presented itself form him to shoot on goal after 26 minutes but he opted to find Warnock in space on the left and when the ball was pulled back into middle Ipswich were able to clear and launch a counter. David McGoldrick ser Freddie Sears free on the left and he raced to the edge of the Burton box before losing his composure and sending the ball way beyond the far post.

Ripley had been pretty much a spectator for the first half an hour but had to make a smart save when McGoldrick broke free to get into the box and shot across the keeper, the man on loan from Middlesbrough getting down low to his left to confidently clutch the ball.

Bialkowski was not quite so confident with his handling at the other end when Sordell testing him with a low shot and having spilled the initial effort had to scramble to deny Lund on the follow-up as Albion got closer to that elusive opening goal. The big Pole kept his side on level terms a minute later when Sordell threaded a ball through for Dyer and it was the outstretched leg of the Town keeper that came to the rescue this time.

Whilst playing with the wind at their backs was helping Albion to keep Ipswich in their own half, where they wanted them, it was also hindering them in getting real quality into the box from crosses as many were overhit.

Lund went closest yet for Albion on 44 minutes when Murphy picked out the midfielder in an advanced position and the summer signing from Rochdale quickly sent a volleyed effort across goal and just wide of the post. Bialkowski would have been struggling to get there had it been on target.

The game opened out just as half time approached and it was McGoldrick going closest for Town with a shot into the side netting before Sordell looking offside was allowed to run on and fire just wide at the other end, seconds before referee Simon Hooper brought the first half to a close.

Albion would have gone in a little disappointed that they could not have a goal to show for their forst half dominance.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-0 Ipswich Town

Ipswich, with the conditions now more in their favour, started brightly after the break and a swift counter down the left almost cut Burton open with skipper Jake Buxton having to make a superbly timed interception to deny McGoldrick again as he shaped to shoot.

Albion had the bit between their teeth and only an outstanding save from Bialkowski denied Murphy his first of the season on 55 minutes, the keeper flying to his left to push away a raking 25 yarder. Albion frustration was short lived however as TURNER rose high at the back post to loop a header perfectly over the outstretched hand of the keeper and under the crossbar.

Ipswich sent on Kevin Bru in place of Tristan Nydam and at the same time Albion also made a switch with Allen, who had been struggling since the first half, replaced by Matty Palmer.

Albion's lead lasted just nine minutes as Ipswich battled their way back to parity. The build up was somewhat scruffy as Albion tried to clear their lines from a deep cross into the box but when the ball broke to WAGHORN on the edge of the area his low raking shot flew unerringly into the corner of the net.

Waghorn then almost conjured up a second but having battled hard near to the touch line and raced into the box his low cross shot was deflected and found neither the net not the run of Freddie Sears racing in at the back post.

McGoldrick curled a teasing right foot shot wide from 20 yards with Ripley diving to his left to see it wide but Ipswich, with the equaliser and subsequent confidence were looking more likely to grab the next goal.

Both sides traded substitutions looking for a winner with Albion sending on former Town striker Luke Varney. But it was Manchester City loanee Celina that had the final say with a stunning free kick that wrestled the point from Albion's grasp.



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