Two changes from the side that picked up a point against Sheffield United.In come Akins and Naylor to replace Binnom-Williams and Butcher who was walking a tightrope on four yellow cards.
Just seven minutes in, Naylor shown us what was missing over the past couple of weeks. A great ball in behind the defence for Edwards was perfect for the right back to put a cross in for the on rushing Beavon who just missed it and Nasser who wasn't expecting the second phase.
The first shot on target fell to the Brewers. Beavon won the ball in the air against a very tall Luke Prosser which fell kindly for Duffy who teed up a shot from range but young Bentley got his fingertips to the ball to force it over the bar.
The Brewers got out jail midway into the second half as O'Neill swung a ball in from some way out which troubled the Albion defence as Mousinho just got a touch on it but McLaughlin's reactions were second to none as he dived to his right to parry the ball away.
Robbie Weir picked up a yellow card around the half hour mark after a rather strong tackle on Leonard in the middle of the park.
Academy product Matty Palmer soon entered the frame as he replaced El Khayati on 31 minutes, a change that looked forced due to an injury.
It wasn't a very tidy game and not great for the eyes to watch. Neither team could keep the ball or create anything to trouble the opposite goalkeeper.
HT: Burton Albion 0-0 Southend United
No changes for either side at the brake which came as a surprise to most fans as a change is something the game needed.
A lively start to the second half meant Matty Palmer fancied his chances as he teed up a right footed shot from 20 yards which was deflected wide after Bentley in the away goal looked troubled.
The home fans thought Duffy had put them in front soon after as he shot from 25 yards which was deflected into the side netting but it looked like it hit the back of the net from our angle.
GOAL: From the resulting corner of the chance mentioned above, Naylor lined up a right footed shot from the edge of the box which seemed to be going wide, it took a nick off the ankle of Prosser in the Southend back four and found the corner of the net. 1-0 to the Albion!
Phil Brown in the away dugout thought his side needed a change as he took off Worrall for Weston on 56 minutes.
Southend hardly saw any of the ball in the second half which frustrated their manager Phil Brown who was very animated on the sidelines.
Southend then had one chance and one chance only to equalise. A long ball up top found the chasing Pigott who tried to chip Jon McLaughlin but the Albion stopper denied him brilliantly.
Timmy Thiele picked up some minutes towards the latter stages of the game as he replaced Stuart Beavon who yet again, worked his socks off up top.
Calum Butcher was added to the framework, maybe to solidify the midfield as he replaced Mark Duffy on 85 minutes.
The Albion looked to add just one more goal on the break as Akins charged towards the goal but he scooped his shot over the bar.
Ash's man of the match: Anthony O'Connor
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