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20 September 2022

Match Reports


20 September 2022

ALBION produced a second straight away win as they overcame Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in the Papa John's Trophy at Hillsborough to continue their improved form under Dino Maamria.

Early goals from Sam Winnall and Johnny Smith had Albion two to the good inside twenty minutes before two goals in a minute from the hosts had the game back on a knife edge at the break. But a positive start to the second half saw Davis Keillor-Dunn slot home from the penalty spot to give them the lead again and a solid defensive effort in the remainder of the game blunted the Wednesday attack and put the Brewers top of their group table.

Maamria made five changes to the side that won at Exeter City at the weekend as he looked for a second win of the season in the competition, Leicester City under-21s having been beaten by Albion on the opening matchday. Corrie Ndaba was drafted into the defence having overcome a minor niggle since joining from Ipswich Town while the midfield was freshened up by the return of Calum Butcher and just a second start of the season for Charlie Lakin. Former Owls striker Winnall was given a first start since returning to the Brewers as he looked to boost his match fitness and Smith returned from suspension to boost the attacking options.

Both sides looked to get off to a brisk start but a number of sloppy passes ensured that neither team could really build anuthing of note. Wednesday did have a swift counter attack on six minutes but Mallik Wilks delayed his pass too long and by the time Callum Paterson was picked out he was several yards offside.

Albion made sure that their next attack was meaningful as they grabbed the lead through WINNALL. Deji Oshilaja's new found reedom to get forward saw the skipper on the night force a Wednesday defender into surrendering possession far too easily and with Lakin on the overlap the midfielder was able to get to the bye line and find Winnall eight yards out to sweep home.

Having netted his first Albion goal on Saturday Oshilaja almost added a second on thirteen minutes. Smith drew defenders inside allowing Oshilaja to find oceans of space out on the right. Cutting inside he curled an effort towards the top corner but the watchful Ben Heneghan for back to head off the line.

Albion continued to look the better side and their play was rewarded with a second goal on seventeen. A deeply hit corner was aimed towards Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on the edge of the box. The defender's shot was completely mishit to be fair but came back across the box to SMITH who controlled, moved the ball away from Jaden Brown and fired comprehensively past Cameron Dawson.

Wednesday went in search of a quick response and Wilks was afforded space just outside the box to pick up the ball from Lee Gregory but the striker's shot was wide of Garratt's goal.

Keillor-Dunn sent a long range effort crashing against the post on 25 minutes when a free kick was taken short to him, Albion inches away from a third goal but Wednesday were quickly in on their right, Wilks looking a good couple of yards offside, right under the nose of the assistant, allowed to burst into the box where Garratt ensured that justice was done with a good block at his near post.

WILKS was the man to get the home side back into the contest with a pinpoint effort from the edge of the box as a switch from left to right opened up the pitch and left Albion exposed. Two minutes later and the game was all square, Tom Hamer unfortunate to see his block on Alex Mighten's shot fall right into the path of PATERSON to blast home.

Half time: Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Burton Albion

Albion took just five minutes to make an impact in the second half as Oshilaja provided the overlap to Winnall's pass and a rash challenge from Dominic Iorfa sending Oshilaja to the ground.KEILLOR-DUNN stepped up to confidently crash home his second spot-kick of the campaign to restore The Brewers lead.

Tyreeq Bakinson crashed a long range effort wide of the target as the home side looked to push through the middle with Albion looking to block off the routes down the wings.

Winnall appeared to take a knock on the hour mark and was replaced by Victor Adeboyejo with no chances taken with Winnall's fitness and Ndaba also saw his debut end on the hour mark as John Brayford slotted in at the back.

Owls skipper Will Vaulks was forced into an effort from distance as his side struggled to carve open the Burton defence before Albion made another double change to keep things fresh. Both Lakin and Smith who have not had much football of late made way for Tyler Onyango and Joe Powell.

Bakinson tried to equalise from closer range with ten minutes left after good work from Wilks down the left but Albion rushed out to force him to send his effort over the bar.

Wednesday sent on Barry Bannan for the final ten minutes to try and rescue the game whilst Albion made their final change and gave Elliot Thorpe another run out as Oshilaja was rested for the final minutes having looked to have pick up a slight knock.

Bannan was at the heart of everything that Wednesday tried to do late on in search of an equaliser and with ninety seconds left he let fly on his trusty left foot but dragged his effort wide. A warning that Albion needed to heed.

Four minutes were added at the end and Albion had to soak up some pressure but some stoic defending ensured that it was Albion who took the points and took a step closer to qualifying for the knockout stages of this season's competition.

ALBION: Garratt; Hamer, Hughes, Ndaba (Brayford, 60), Borthwick-Jackson; Butcher, Lakin (Onyango, 68), Oshilaja (Thorpe, 86); Smith (Powell, 68), Winnall (Adeboyejo, 60), Keillor-Dunn.
Substitutes: Moore, Hewlett.

GOALS: WEDNESDAY - Wilks (32), Paterson (34) ; ALBION - Winnall (8), Smith (17), Keillor-Dunn (51 pen)

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Attendance: 4,577

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