NIGEL Clough made four changes for BAFC. IN: Reilly, Butcher, Naylor & Walker OUT: McCrory, Choudhury, Bennett & Beavon.It was a lively start to the game from both sides but it was Scunthorpe who nearly took the lead early on. William crossed the ball in from the left which evaded everybody in the box, McLaughlin got down to save but couldn't hold on but thankfully Reilly was on hand to block the follow-up shot from Adelakun.
The Brewers grew stronger and stronger as the game went on and had the chance to go 1-0 up through Calum Butcher's long touch which set him perfectly for the shot but the angle was just too tight for him and his shot crept wide of Anyon's left-hand post.
Butcher again with a shot that troubled Anyon as a goal-mouth scramble ended with the Albion midfielder hooking an effort towards goal from the edge of the box which the Scunthorpe stopper wasn't too sure about but he just managed to watch it wide.
Albion midfielder Butcher seemed to be the most dangerous player in the first half. On the stroke of half time he was again denied by Anyon in the home goal as Butcher teed up a shot on the edge of the box which the 'keeper did ever so well to get to down to his left and hold too.
HT: Scunthorpe United 0-0 Burton Albion
Both teams emerged unchanged after the break.
The Brewers needed their goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin to keep the scores level early on in the second half as an initial shot deflected into the path of Jordan Clarke who rifled a shot at the Albion stopper who did incredibly well to keep it 0-0.
GOAL: The home side took the lead on the hour mark as Neal Bishop tapped home at the back post after the Brewers failed to deal with the initial corner. 1-0
Robbie Weir was taken off soon after, he looked be carrying some form of leg injury. He was replaced by Mason Bennett.
The Brewers then had a good spell of pressure on the home goal. Firstly Mason Bennett was slipped through on goal but his close-range effort was parried into the path of Tyler Walker who seemed to have been illegally dragged down but nothing given from the referee.
In the same spell of pressure Tom Naylor saw his left-footed shot blocked before The Iron cleared.
Marcus Harness was given 20 minutes to show what he can do as he replaced Tyler Walker.
You could see why Madden had scored so many goals this season. He saw McLaughlin off his line from 40 yards and tried the speculative effort which must have only been inches wide of McLaughlin's left-hand post.
Butcher, Albion's main danger man, was brilliantly denied by the Scunthorpe goalkeeper late on in the second half as the Brewers pushed for an equaliser. He volleyed towards goal after some great work by Duffy only to see the goalkeeper get his fingertips on the ball.
FT: Scunthorpe United 1-0 Burton Albion
Ash's man of the match: Calum Butcher