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13 July 2016

NIGEL Clough named two separate XI's in Burton Albion's first pre-season friendly against Leek Town.

1st Half XI: McLaughlin, Edwards, Kean, Mousinho, McFadzean, Turner, Harness, Tanner, Dinanga, Akins, Reilly.

The hosts had an early chance despite the Brewers having possession in the opening minutes. A corner was whipped in deep which was met by the head of a Leek player but Keane was on hand to clear off the line for Burton.

A high intensity was adopted early for both teams, and Grimshaw came close for the hosts just after ten minutes. He latched on to a loose back pass from Edwards before rounding McLaughlin but his finish fell inches wide of the post.

The Brewers enjoyed a lot of the ball in the first half but were limited to long shots, which record signing McFadzean tried but his 25-yard effort spun well wide of the left-hand post.

GOAL: A ball was clipped into the channel for Dinanga who chased it down, held off his man really well before playing it into the path of Harness who fired a quality shot into the top corner of Martin's net (0-1)

HT: Leek Town 0-1 Burton Albion

2nd Half XI: McLaughlin, Flanagan, McCrory, Palmer, Naylor, Gatter, Fox, Tabb, Beavon, Butcher, Gamblen.

The intensity slowed during the early stages of the second half. Gatter accidentally handled the ball on the edge of the box gifting the home side a free kick in a dangerous position but it was blasted straight into the wall.

Burton got away with another one staright after the free kick. A surging run down the right from France was cut-back to Budryst who tried a fancy back-heel flick which was then blocked by Naylor in the six-yard box before his team mate Flanagan cleared well.

Gamblen, who started out wide on the left, looked bright in the second half. He nipped in front of his defender and pinched the ball away drawing the foul about 30 yards from goal. Palmer lined up the free kick but his powerful effort was way over.

Nigel Clough made a sub nearly 70 minutes into the game as McLaughlin made way for Wakeman between the sticks.

GOAL: Tom Flanagan doubled Albion's lead on 76 minutes from a well-worked corner kick. Palmer swung the corner low into the box for the on-rushing Flanagan who swept it home like a striker (0-2)

Butcher looked bright in partnership with Beavon in the attacking department, but he didn't quite have his shooting boots on. He worked his way into a great shooting opportunity before shifting the ball onto his left foot but his effort curled over Martin's crossbar.

FT: Leek Town 0-2 Burton Albion

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