Billy Kee's 79th-minute goal propelled Burton Albion into the top three of League Two after a hard-earned win over promotion rivals Newport County.

Newport goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley had kept Albion at bay up to that point with some fine saves.

But the quality of Adam McGurk's cross to the far post meant Pidgeley was helpless to prevent Kee's six-yard header from finding the net.

Despite the loss, Newport remain in the play-off places in seventh.

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Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"I would say that's the best we've played in 2013 actually. You've got to remember Newport are the in-form team over the last 10 games. They've been flying really high and I think they've won their last two or three away from home.

"You talk about rotating the squad, but when we're going well it's sometimes quite hard. We may have only won 1-0, but we've created another four or five really good chances which we just can't seem to put away. But while we're creating them, I'm really quite pleased.

"I thought we were really dominant in the first half and we knew they were going to come at us in the second half, but we still played with some really good control."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"We weren't at our best but when you get into the game where we were and with time running out, as well as Lenny had played you look like you possibly might take a point.

"But credit to Burton, they kept going and probably deserved the three points today.

"Overall we started slowly and were always really chasing the game. We started better second half but probably didn't do enough - I don't think we helped each other enough in possession of the ball."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards
  • 14 McCrory
  • 23 Palmer
  • 06 Sharps
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff Booked
  • 11 MacDonald (Hussey - 83' )
  • 08 Weir (Bell - 67' )
  • 29 Kee
  • 20 McGurk
  • 17 Phillips

Substitutes

  • 01 Siegrist
  • 03 Hussey
  • 05 Diamond
  • 07 Bell
  • 09 Howe
  • 18 Knowles
  • 21 Holness

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 02 Pipe
  • 18 Jackson
  • 13 Sandell
  • 22 Worley (Yakubu - 62' )
  • 20 Oshilaja
  • 17 Flynn (Naylor - 68' )
  • 07 Chapman Booked
  • 23 Jolley
  • 14 Washington
  • 12 Willmott (Burge - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 08 Minshull
  • 09 Crow
  • 15 Burge
  • 19 Naylor
  • 24 Barker
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 2,692

Match Stats

Shots

18 5

On target

12 1

Corners

9 4

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Newport County 0.

90:00 +5:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Newport County 0.

90:00 +5:09

Attempt blocked. Ryan Jackson (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +4:44

Attempt blocked. Ryan Jackson (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +4:07

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

90:00 +0:37

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:37

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

90:00 +0:19

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

89:09

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

89:09

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:09

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

84:57

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

83:22

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:22

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Chris Hussey replaces Alexander MacDonald.

80:40

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:40

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

78:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 1, Newport County 0. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross following a set piece situation.

77:51 Booking

Booking Adam Chapman (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

77:47

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:47

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

77:09

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:09

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

74:01

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

74:01

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:46

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

72:46

David Pipe (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:27

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

68:53

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:53

Foul by Conor Washington (Newport County).

68:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Ryan Burge replaces Robbie Willmott.

67:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Tom Naylor replaces Michael Flynn.

67:36

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Robbie Weir because of an injury.

61:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Ismail Yakubu replaces Harry Worley.

60:47

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

60:27

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

58:14

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:14

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

56:51

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

56:32

Attempt saved. Christian Jolley (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:23 Booking

Booking Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

55:10

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

55:10

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:05

Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

50:51

Attempt saved. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:11

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

50:01

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

49:41

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

49:00

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:56

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

47:54

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:54

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

46:49

Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Newport County 0.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Newport County 0.

44:35

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

44:35

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:48

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

41:23

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

41:23

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:14

Attempt blocked. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:17

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

39:17

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:32

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

32:04

Attempt missed. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

31:40

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

31:15

Attempt saved. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) header from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

30:34

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Harry Worley.

27:47

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Robbie Weir.

25:37

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:37

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

24:44

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:00

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:00

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

23:27

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

23:27

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:22

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:22

Foul by David Pipe (Newport County).

21:46

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

21:46

Harry Worley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:06

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

20:17

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:17

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

19:31

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

19:00

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

15:26

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

11:49

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

11:49

(Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:22

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

10:40

Foul by Michael Flynn (Newport County).

10:40

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:11

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

9:00

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

9:00

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:23

Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:23

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

4:51

Attempt saved. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:24

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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