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26 July 2016

NIGEL Clough named a strong side as Burton Albion faced up against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's QPR team in the final pre-season friendly at the Pirelli Stadium.

Both teams set up well and were organised from the start, but the first chance opened up just after 20 minutes as Irvine pulled the strings in midfield for Dyer who unleashed an effort with his left foot from 18 yards but Smithies was alert to save well at his near post.

Dyer had to prove his defensive qualities before the half hour mark after Doughty travelled with the ball in the middle of the park and then picking out Petrasso who looked to be through on goal only to see Dyer intercept before a shot was released.

GOAL - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side took the lead just after 30 minutes, from a corner. The ball was whipped in and was met by the head of Onuoha and after deflecting through a sea of bodies, it found its way into the back of the net 0-1.

Conor Washington nearly doubled QPR's advantage minutes later as some fine work by Nasser El Khayati provided the Irishman with a chance to strike at goal from inside the area but the Brewers were saved by the bar.

HT - Burton Albion 0-1 Queens Park Rangers

Both teams emerged from the break unchanged.

GOAL - The Brewers equalised just over ten minutes into the second half, and so they deserved it. Stuart Beavon grabbed his first goal of pre-season after he slotted the ball under Alex Smithies after some hard work and determination from his strike partner Chris O'Grady 1-1.

Lloyd Dyer was replaced by Damien McCrory just after the hour mark in a like-for-like swap.

Midfielder Lee Williamson tried his luck from the edge of the box but his volleyed effort whistled wide of the left-hand post.

Former-Derby midfielder Tom Naylor replaced Matty Palmer in the middle of the field for Burton, just before the 80-minute mark.

Lee Williamson was carried off with five minutes to go after he was on the other end of a tackle from Ben Gladwin - he was replaced by Marcus Harness. Butcher and Akins were also introduced in place of Beavon and O'Grady respectively.

FT - Burton Albion 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

Attendance - 1,806

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