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MATCH REPORT: BURTON ALBION 1-1 TRANMERE ROVERS (Albion win 5-4 on penalties)

22 November 2022

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MATCH REPORT: BURTON ALBION 1-1 TRANMERE ROVERS (Albion win 5-4 on penalties)

22 November 2022

BOBBY Kamwa was Albion's penalty shoot-out hero as he fired home the decisive spot-kick after the Brewers drew 1-1 with Tranmere Rovers

In a nervy finish the young striker held his nerve after Terry Taylor had hit the post in the first five penalties but was rescued when Ben Garratt saved Paul Lewis' effort to take it to sudden death. Lee O'Connor and Tom Hamer both blazed over, as did Josh Dacres-Cogley to give Kamwa the chance to make a name for himself and he did not disappoint.

In the regulating ninety minutes Jordan Turnbull gave the visitors an early lead after a quickfire start for the visitors and Albion left it late with Mustapha Carayol equalising in added time.

Four changes for Albion saw a recall for Charlie Lakin, filling in at left back, Joe Powell and Ciaran Gilligan also recalled along with a welcome return to first team action for Michael Mancienne after his injury lay-off.

The visitors, captained by former Albion striker Kane Hemmings, almost grabbed the lead with barely a minute on the clock, Elliott Nevitt twice denied by Ben Garratt from close range.

The Albion stopper produced an even better save on six minutes when Ethan Bristow raced away down the left and crossed for the unmarked Hemmings who seemed certain to score until Garratt somehow managed to divert his header wide. But from the corner the visitors led when the teasing delivery found its way to the back post where TURNBULL could not miss.

Albion began to settle and Powell ripped a low effort just wide of target when Tranmere failed to clear properly. And the Brewers continued to look more composed as they settled in for a bout of possession and pressure.

Mancienne also got the chance to fire on goal from the edge of the box on 25 minutes but the midfielder's efoort was just too high.

It was a disappointing night for the experienced Albion man as his return lasted just 42 minutes. Having taken a knock five minutes earlier but tried to press on he eventually succumbed and was replaced by Terry Taylor.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-1 Tranmere Rovers

Albion made four changes at the start of the second half as Dino Maamria looked for a response from his side. Joe Dodoo, Sam Winnall, Mustapha Carayol and Calum Butcher were all on, Gilligan, Victor Adeboyejo, Tyler Onyango and Powell all failing to reappear.

Tranmere swiftly had a chance to double their advantage. Nevitt looked marginally offside as he burst througb on goal onto a crossfield pass but it mattered little when he blazed wastefully over the bar.

Hemmings was close to adding a second when he connected with a curling centre and looped a header just over the bar with Garratt stretching to see it over the target.

The second half was proving to be something of a struggle as both sides lacked any real fluency and the game became something of a midfield battle.

Kamwa had the goal at his mercy with ten minutes remaining when a long clearance from Garratt was flicked on into his path but trying to lob it over the keeper he got too much on it and cleared the crossbar.

And the former Leeds youngster had a second chance shortly after when a deep Taylor free kick was headed across goal by Hughes but the striker scuffed a shot towards goal without troubling the Tranmere keeper.

Butcher made a darting run into the box late on to fire a shot into the side netting but it was not all over when Albion won a corner in the second added minute, Tom Hamer hooking the ball back into the danger area where CARAYOL prodded home to send the game to a penalty shootout.

ALBION: Garratt; Hamer, Hughes, Oshilaja, Lakin; Mancienne (Taylor, 42), Onyango (Carayol, 46), Gilligan (Dodoo, 46); Powell (Butcher, 46), Kamwa, Adeboyejo (Winnall, 46).
Substitutes: Sinisalo, Mariappa.

GOALS: ALBION: Carayol (90+2) ; TRANMERE: Turnbull (7)

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Attendance: 591

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