Burton Albion missed the chance to go top of League Two after being held to a goalless draw by struggling Bury.

The visitors could have gone ahead in the first half but striker Billy Kee had his header cleared off the line.

Front men Anton Forrester and Daniel Nardiello went closest for the Shakers, but were unable to make the most of the opportunities that fell to them.

Burton drop down to third in the table while Bury remain two points above the relegation zone.

It was a fairly even first half, but neither side were able to break the deadlock, with Kee's header the best chance of the first period.

Bury threatened just before half-time following good work from Chris Sedgwick, who flashed a cross across the face of goal which neither Forrester nor Nardiello could get their foot on.

The home side started better in the second half as Forrester galloped forward before striking an effort over the bar, and strike partner Nardiello's shot was forced away for a corner.

The former Manchester United man had another strike blocked, with neither side being able to find the net.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bury boss David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm happy with the performance, we desperately wanted three with our position in the league and after last week's performance as well because our work wasn't right last week and our detail wasn't right. This week it was.

"I've been able to bring in some more quality to the football club and it was completely evident.

"I thought we kept the ball really well in the second half, we just needed to bring a bit more tempo into it."

Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"Well, I think if you'd told me before the game, I was a little bit concerned that we wouldn't quite have the same legs that we normally have and the same bit of energy that so often defines our performances.

"After the first half we had we probably had the best chances, and just didn't put them away, [we] just didn't work the keeper often enough.

"I think Billy [Kee] has had a great one from a corner which you'd normally tuck away and another one quite quickly after that and we got into some really good positions but I didn't think we exploited well enough.

"Second half we just couldn't quite get out. Bury had quite a bit of the ball, created a few chances, not loads and loads but we didn't quite get to grips with the second half."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Bury

  • 21 Jensen
  • 29 Veseli Booked
  • 12 Sedgwick
  • 08 Miller
  • 03 McNulty
  • 34 Mills
  • 07 Jones
  • 19 Soares (Dudley - 87' )
  • 18 Nardiello
  • 09 Forrester (Obadeyi - 59' )
  • 10 Grimes (Proctor - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Hinds
  • 06 Proctor
  • 27 Burke
  • 28 McIntyre
  • 30 Charles-Cook
  • 32 Dudley
  • 35 Obadeyi

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards
  • 14 McCrory
  • 23 Palmer
  • 05 Diamond
  • 06 Sharps
  • 19 Ismail (Hussey - 65' )
  • 08 Weir
  • 20 McGurk (Bell - 85' )
  • 29 Kee (Knowles - 66' )
  • 17 Phillips

Substitutes

  • 01 Siegrist
  • 03 Hussey
  • 04 Buxton
  • 07 Bell
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 18 Knowles
  • 21 Holness
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 2,910

Match Stats

Shots

11 20

On target

3 4

Corners

6 5

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bury 0, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bury 0, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +3:48

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

90:00 +3:04 Booking

Booking Frederic Veseli (Bury) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:00

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:52

Foul by Frederic Veseli (Bury).

90:00 +2:13

Pablo Mills (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:13

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Bury).

90:00 +0:33

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

89:52

Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Bury).

89:52

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

87:52

Craig Jones (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:52

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

86:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bury. Anthony Dudley replaces Tom Soares.

86:19

Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Adam McGurk.

78:44

Attempt blocked. Daniel Nardiello (Bury) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

77:15

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Matthew Palmer.

74:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bury. Andrew Proctor replaces Ashley Grimes.

73:24

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Craig Jones.

72:23

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Alexander Diamond.

71:41

Attempt missed. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

70:24

Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:00

Jimmy McNulty (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:50

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

65:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Dominic Knowles replaces Billy Kee.

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Chris Hussey replaces Zeli Ismail.

64:16

Attempt missed. Jimmy McNulty (Bury) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

64:00

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

59:20

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Alexander Diamond.

59:05

Attempt blocked. Tom Soares (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:38

Tommy Miller (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:38

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

58:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bury. Tope Obadeyi replaces Anton Forrester.

56:29

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:13

Attempt saved. Daniel Nardiello (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:14

Foul by Ashley Grimes (Bury).

54:14

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

53:11

Attempt missed. Anton Forrester (Bury) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

51:16

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Pablo Mills.

50:58

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

50:34

Craig Jones (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:34

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

50:06

Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

49:37

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:41

Attempt blocked. Jimmy McNulty (Bury) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

48:17

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

46:49

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Bury 0, Burton Albion 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bury 0, Burton Albion 0.

45:00 +0:36

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tommy Miller.

45:00 +0:19

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

43:25

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

37:46

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Bury).

37:46

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:50

Anton Forrester (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:50

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

33:09

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

32:19

Foul by Chris Sedgwick (Bury).

32:19

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

30:26

Pablo Mills (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:21

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

28:18

Attempt saved. Ashley Grimes (Bury) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

27:24

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

26:01

Foul by Frederic Veseli (Bury).

26:01

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

24:14

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

22:20

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:09

Foul by Tom Soares (Bury).

20:09

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:23

Attempt saved. Anton Forrester (Bury) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:39

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

18:24

Attempt blocked. Anton Forrester (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:19

Attempt blocked. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

16:52

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

16:11

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

15:29

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

14:50

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:18

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

10:32

Attempt blocked. Ashley Grimes (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:13

Pablo Mills (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:13

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

5:42

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Chris Sedgwick.

0:31

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Robbie Weir.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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