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24 November 2015

Four changes to the side that narrowly lost to Bury on Saturday. Weir returned from his suspension as the Brewers lined up 4-3-3.

It was a quiet start from the Brewers, in the opening five minutes shall we say. Once the away side got the ball at their feet they looked very good and up for the challenge that Wigan were going to offer.

Neither side created a cutting edge chance but it was good to see the high pressing game back in which the Brewers adopted in the early stages of the season.

With the Brewers lining up in a different formation and making four changes, it was interesting to see how they would fair against a rather in-form Wigan side. Butcher looked rather solid on the right and he was the creating midfielder going forward feeding passes into Stuart Beavon.

The first real Brewers chance fell to the feet of defender Tom Flanagan. Weir won a free kick on the left hand side which Duffy took quickly to O'Connor who delivered a quality ball into the box which Flanagn flicked on with his foot but his effort was blocked by a Wigan man. 

The home side's best chance of the half was through Jacobs, he sent a shot towards goal from outside of the box which deflected off Weir and over the bar.

HT: Wigan Athletic 0-0 Burton Albion

Wigan started brightly in the second half with Jacobs causing a bit of trouble down the left but nothing too much to unsettle the Brewers defence.

Akins was brought on as a fresh pair of legs for Butcher early in the second half.

GOAL: Timmy Thiele was thrown on as a sub and made an immediate impact. He received the ball on the half way line from Weir, he ran all the way into the 18 yard box before cutting in on his right foot and crossing for El Khayati who made no mistake in placing the ball home!

Wigan had a great chance to level five minutes from the end. A pull back from Davies left the ball on a plate for Power who saw his shot blocked before Grigg tried his luck but he hit the wrong side of the post.

The press box was left in disbelief when the fourth official indicated there will be 7 minutes, yes..7 minutes of added time!

FT: Wigan 0-1 Burton Albion.

Ash's man of the match: Tom Flanagan 

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