FACTS and figures relating to tonight's game at Portsmouth from Tony Bentley.
ON THIS DAY
On Valentine’s Day 2015 the Brewers hosted Oxford United in League Two. A crowd of 2,954 saw Adam McGurk give Burton a 13th minute lead, before Lucas Akins doubled the advantage in the 89th minute to secure a 2-0 win on the way to the League Two title.
In 2012 Albion travelled to Gresty Road to face Crewe Alexandra in League Two. Crewe took the lead through Danny Shelley after 30 minutes. Ashley Westwood doubled the home side's advantage after 55 minutes, before the Brewers pulled a goal back two minutes later through West Ham loanee Callum Driver. Luke Murphy increased Crewe’s lead in the 87th minute, before Calvin Zola pulled a goal back in the 90th minute. Ultimately it proved to be only a consolation, as the majority of the 3,157 fans went home happy.
It was FA Trophy Third Round action on February 14th 2004. A crowd of 1,205 were present as Hornchurch hosted the Brewers. Captain Darren Stride gave his side a 16th minute lead. Berti Brayley levelled matters six minutes later. Albion thought they had earned a replay back in East Staffordshire, but it wasn’t to be, as Jon Keeling scored a 90th winner for Hornchurch.
In 1998 it was Southern Premier Division football as Burton hosted Crawley Town at Eton Park. A crowd of 690 saw the Brewers record a 5-2 win, courtesy of an Andy Garner hat-trick, and a goal apiece for Darren Stride and Mark Blount.
February 14th 1987 saw another FA Trophy Third Round tie for Burton. This time Eton Park hosted Whitley Bay. Paul Bancroft scored the only goal of the game to send his side through to the next round, in the season where Brian Fidler’s side reached the Final at Wembley.
Burton last travelled to Fratton Park on Tuesday 8th February 2022. A crowd of 13,407 saw Sean Raggett give Portsmouth a 33rd minute lead. Michael Jacobs doubled their lead four minutes before half time. Gassan Ahadme scored his first goal for the Brewers in the 50th minute, against the side whom he’d played for on loan in the first half of that season. The home side held on for the three points to beat Albion at home for the first time in six attempts.
The season before the two sides played in an empty stadium on Saturday 10th April 2021. Mike Fondop gave Burton a 45th minute lead with an acrobatic overhead kick. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side doubled their lead courtesy of a thunderous Joe Powell strike just two minutes into the second half. Albion were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal. Sean Clare rolled the ball sideways for Powell to drill the ball into the bottom corner of Craig MacGillivray’s net to win the Goal of the Season. Portsmouth pulled a goal back in the 88th minute through Charlie Daniels, but it was the Brewers who won their seventh successive away game.
A crowd of 18,200 saw the Hampshire meeting on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. Ollie Hawkins gave Pompey a 36th minute lead. Devante Cole equalised for Burton in the 48th with his first goal for the club. Then Southampton loanee Jake Hesketh put Albion ahead four minutes later, again it was also his first Burton goal. Matt Clarke made sure the points were shared when he equalised on 57 minutes. That result meant that the first four league meetings at Fratton Park had all ended as draws.