Promotion-chasing Crawley were unable to break down a resolute Burton side in a goalless encounter.

Brewers keeper Ross Atkins was kept busy early on, saving efforts from Gary Alexander, Scott Davies and Hope Apkan.

At the opposite end Michel Kuipers was barely troubled by shots from Jimmy Phillips and Jacques Maghoma.

Crawley were adamant they should have earned a late penalty for a handball against Nathan Stanton but referee Roger East waved away the appeals.

The Red Devils remain in third place, above Shrewsbury on goal difference.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Burton Albion caretaker manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"There wasn't as much quality as we would've liked.

"But we've just said that until we get to a point where we're good enough to be able to open up as a team and attack more with a bit more fluidity and take more gambles, then we'll keep doing that.

"That's two clean sheets in a row, one was against a very good Gillingham side who are pushing for promotion positions and one was against a fantastic Crawley side that are probably going to go up automatically.

"If you look at those two performances, you have to say they are two absolutely fantastic clean sheets."

Crawley manager Steve Evans told BBC Sussex:

"We've not taken advantage of the good situations we've got ourselves in.

"We've been dominant from start to finish, its been one way and I think the stats will be frightening.

"But you don't get points on the board for stats.

"I don't want to talk about the penalty. Even the Martians sitting having their tea up in the sky know it was a penalty.

"But we have to accept that in the final third we didn't do enough today."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Burton Albion

  • 23 Atkins
  • 03 Webster
  • 04 Stanton
  • 08 Corbett Booked
  • 15 Austin
  • 17 Phillips
  • 19 Maghoma
  • 22 Dyer
  • 26 Bolder
  • 09 Richards
  • 18 Pearson (Ainsworth - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 05 James
  • 33 Ada
  • 07 Ainsworth
  • 13 Taylor
  • 31 Clucas

Crawley Town

  • 01 Kuipers
  • 03 Howell
  • 05 McFadzean Booked
  • 18 Dempster
  • 02 Davies (Neilson - 79' )
  • 06 Akpan
  • 07 Clarke (Watt - 74' Booked )
  • 08 Torres
  • 11 Simpson
  • 15 Bulman
  • 09 Alexander

Substitutes

  • 25 Shearer
  • 30 Cummings
  • 22 Neilson
  • 31 James
  • 10 Watt
Ref: East
Att: 2,572

Match Stats

Shots

7 15

On target

4 5

Corners

2 11

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:46 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:26

The offside flag is raised against Jacques Maghoma. Free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.

90:00 +2:40

Andrew Corbett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Alexander. Dean Howell restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:18

Hope Akpan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ryan Austin. Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Scott Neilson goes wide of the right-hand upright.

87:30

Justin Richards fouled by Kyle McFadzean, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Austin takes the free kick.

86:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Alexander on Nathan Stanton. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

85:16

Scott Neilson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

83:50

Scott Neilson fouled by Aaron Webster, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Dean Howell, Ross Atkins makes a save.

81:44

Jacques Maghoma takes a shot. Save by Michel Kuipers.

80:17

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Neilson from the right by-line, Shot from inside the area by Kyle McFadzean clears the bar.

79:42

Unfair challenge on Hope Akpan by Jack Dyer results in a free kick. Dean Howell restarts play with the free kick.

78:11

Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

78:11 Substitution

Substitution Scott Neilson replaces Scott Davies.

78:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Davies by Jimmy Phillips.

77:08

Shot by Justin Richards from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

75:44 Substitution

Substitution (Burton Albion) makes a substitution, with Lionel Ainsworth coming on for Greg Pearson.

74:48

Ross Atkins takes the direct free kick.

74:48 Booking

Booking Sanchez Watt goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

74:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Stanton by Sanchez Watt.

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Billy Clarke leaves the field to be replaced by Sanchez Watt.

72:57

Greg Pearson crosses the ball, blocked by Kyle McFadzean. Outswinging corner taken by Jack Dyer.

71:34

Free kick taken by Jack Dyer.

71:34 Booking

Booking Kyle McFadzean booked.

71:14

Kyle McFadzean is penalised for a handball.

69:46

Dean Howell concedes a free kick for a foul on Greg Pearson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Aaron Webster.

68:34

Direct free kick taken by Dean Howell.

68:34 Booking

Booking Andrew Corbett is cautioned.

68:24

Foul by Andrew Corbett on Sergio Torres, free kick awarded.

67:11

Gary Alexander challenges Aaron Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

66:05

Unfair challenge on Billy Clarke by Adam Bolder results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Scott Davies, save by Ross Atkins.

62:49

Inswinging corner taken by Jack Dyer from the left by-line, clearance by Kyle McFadzean.

61:53

Unfair challenge on Jack Dyer by Billy Clarke results in a free kick. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

60:27

Sergio Torres takes a shot. Nathan Stanton gets a block in.

59:46

Adam Bolder gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean. Direct free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.

58:59

The official flags Billy Clarke offside. Ryan Austin restarts play with the free kick.

58:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Simpson by Jimmy Phillips. Free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.

56:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Greg Pearson. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.

55:50

Kyle McFadzean has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

55:23

The ball is sent over by Billy Clarke, clearance made by Adam Bolder. Short corner taken by Scott Davies.

54:27

John Dempster challenges Jacques Maghoma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Dyer crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Michel Kuipers.

53:31

Corner taken by Scott Davies from the left by-line, Kyle McFadzean concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Stanton. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

51:28

Dannie Bulman has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

48:47

Josh Simpson sends in a cross, Aaron Webster gets a block in. Scott Davies takes the outswinging corner, Ross Atkins makes a save.

46:53

Unfair challenge on John Dempster by Adam Bolder results in a free kick. Michel Kuipers takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:56

Jacques Maghoma takes a shot. Save by Michel Kuipers.

45:00 +0:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dannie Bulman on Andrew Corbett. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

43:35

Jimmy Phillips takes a shot. Save by Michel Kuipers.

39:25

Gary Alexander challenges Jack Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

38:51

Corner taken by Scott Davies. A cross is delivered by Sergio Torres, clearance by Nathan Stanton.

37:30

Ryan Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Clarke. Dean Howell takes the free kick.

36:26

The ball is delivered by Dean Howell, Ross Atkins makes a save.

35:44

Billy Clarke produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

34:46

Shot from just outside the box by Justin Richards misses to the right of the goal.

33:40

Centre by Josh Simpson.

32:41

Andrew Corbett sends in a cross, save by Michel Kuipers.

28:55

Jacques Maghoma concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle McFadzean. Dean Howell takes the free kick. Scott Davies takes a shot. Ross Atkins makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies, clearance made by Jack Dyer.

26:12

The referee blows for offside. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

23:57

Scott Davies takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Adam Bolder. Sergio Torres takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.

22:08

Hope Akpan takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins. Corner taken by Scott Davies.

21:24

The offside flag is raised against Justin Richards. Michel Kuipers restarts play with the free kick.

20:10

The ball is crossed by Billy Clarke, blocked by Ryan Austin. Corner taken by Scott Davies from the right by-line, save made by Ross Atkins.

19:04

Dannie Bulman fouled by Justin Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle McFadzean restarts play with the free kick.

18:16

The assistant referee signals for offside against Justin Richards. Dean Howell restarts play with the free kick.

15:03

The ball is delivered by Jacques Maghoma, save made by Michel Kuipers.

14:18

Jimmy Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean. Free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.

13:49

Centre by Andrew Corbett, Jimmy Phillips takes a shot. Kyle McFadzean gets a block in.

11:24

The ball is crossed by Scott Davies, save by Ross Atkins. Corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies to the near post, Andrew Corbett manages to make a clearance.

9:29

Dannie Bulman takes a shot. Blocked by Greg Pearson. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Billy Clarke from the right by-line to the near post, Aaron Webster manages to make a clearance. John Dempster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Austin. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

8:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Justin Richards on Kyle McFadzean. Kyle McFadzean takes the direct free kick.

8:13

Shot from just outside the box by Dannie Bulman misses to the right of the goal.

4:13

Billy Clarke sends in a cross, Effort from the edge of the box by Scott Davies goes wide of the left-hand post.

3:25

Justin Richards is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.

2:31

The ball is delivered by Dean Howell, save by Ross Atkins.

1:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Torres by Jacques Maghoma. Free kick taken by Dean Howell.

0:45

Gary Alexander has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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