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READING MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM NEWS

6 May 2017

BURTON Albion supporters will see the curtain come down on a memorable Championship season when the Brewers host Reading at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow.

With survival already confirmed and another Championship season to look forward to come August this is a game that Nigel Clough’s men can enjoy, with no pressure according to the Brewers boss.

“Having had the torture of the last day of last season it was important for everybody to try and get it done so we’re all going to enjoy it,” said Clough. “We will see if we can give a few lads a game. There are only two definite starters – Stephen Bywater and Will Miller.”

From the Reading camp, skipper Paul McShane and midfielder Joey van den Berg have both recovered from calf and hamstring injuries respectively, but may be held back for the play-offs.

Garath McCleary's groin problem means he will be sidelined, while Callum Harriott has been ruled out for an indefinite period with a hamstring injury that requires surgery.

Midfielder Stephen Quinn is closing in on a return after a knee problem but Sandro Wieser and striker Deniss Rakels are both sidelined.

Supporters should be reminded that Sunday’s game will kick off at 12PM, and terrace tickets are still available. You can purchase tickets online, over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.

Burton Albion players and management staff will come back out to the field ten minutes after the final whistle to thank supporters for their loyal support throughout the 2016/2017 Championship season.

Supporters are reminded that it is an offence to enter the field of play and by doing so will result in the players not coming out for the lap of appreciation.

Supporters are also then being offered the chance to watch the Burton Albion Ladies play their final league game of the season against Crusaders at the Pirelli Stadium at 5pm.

This is free entry to all supporters. Fans who are planning to go to both games will have to vacate the stadium after the Reading match and will then be allowed back in the stadium at 4pm with the South West Stand being open.

Tomorrow’s referee is Wilstshire-based Simon Hooper who has officiated Burton Albion twice this season, but once in the Sky Bet Championship which was the 0-0 draw with Derby County back in February. Mr Hooper has dished out 146 yellow cards in 41 games this season.

Key points:
- 12PM kick off
- Terrace tickets still available
- Remain off the pitch at full time, players and management staff will complete lap of honour
- Burton Albion Ladies to play on the pitch at 5PM



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