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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

16 August 2016

THE Brewers freshened things up from Saturday as Beavon and Naylor came in for Williamson and Flanagan.

It was a bright start to the game from Burton as Tom Naylor won the ball in midfield before playing it through to Stuart Beavon who just had the keeper to beat but his low shot was well saved by Westwood.

GOAL: The early pressure paid off for Burton as Kyle McFadzean grabbed his first goal for the club. Beavon won a free kick 25 yards outside of the box which Palmer delivered brilliantly to the back post where McFadzean was waiting to volley home from close-range (1-0).

GOAL: Against the run of play the visitors were level. They were awarded a penalty 12 minutes into the game, nobody knows what for. Gary Hooper stepped up and fired into the corner (1-1).

The Brewers continued to apply the pressure but nothing enough to put them in the lead. The visitors had a good chance however, Lee drilled a cross in from the left which, somehow, evaded everybody and Turner cleared at the back post.

Stuart Beavon was relishing his first Championship start in partnership with Chris O'Grady as he met a cross from Akins but his looping header, which was troubling Westwood, fell just on top of the netting.

Tom Naylor should have had a penalty late in the second half, as he chased a loose ball into the box only to be blocked off and brought to the floor by Hutchinson but the referee wasn't interested.

GOAL: Record signing Jackson Irvine set the Pirelli alight on the stroke of half time. Mousinho delivered an outstanding cross into the box where Irvine was waiting to plant a header into the bottom corner from six yards (2-1).

HT: Burton Albion 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Fernando Forestieri replaced Almen Abdi at the break for Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Hooper soon followed Abdi off the pitch as he was replaced by Atdhe Nuhiu ten minutes into the second half.

Wednesday have their goalkeeper Westwood to thank for keeping the score line at 2-1. O'Grady broke away from the defence down the right before picking out Naylor in the box, he unleashed a powerful effort which seemed to be heading into the back of the net only to be denied by Westwood.

Barry Bannan showed his long-range shooting qualities as his let-fly from distance but McLaughlin was equal to it as he dived and clawed it away from the top corner.

Tom Flanagan replaced Stuart Beavon with 15 minutes of the game to play.

The Brewers thought they had pulled further in front as Flanagan pulled the ball back from the byline for Akins, he slotted under Westwood but was flagged offside.

GOAL: The Brewers DID pull further in front just minutes later through Lloyd Dyer! Flanagan slipped a great ball into Akins who fed it to O'Grady, his shot was scuffed into the path of Dyer who lashed it past Westwood in the Wednesday goal (3-1).

FT: Burton Albion 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday.

Attendance: 4,997

Ash's man of the match: Chris O'Grady

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