Adam McGurk rescued a point for Burton as they drew with mid-table Exeter at the Pirelli Stadium.

The former Tranmere winger converted Zeli Ismail's cross to level shortly after the visitors had gone in front with an own goal from Ian Sharps.

Home goalkeeper Dean Lyness parried John O'Flynn's shot against the unfortunate Sharps and into the net.

Exeter's Scot Bennett missed the best chance of a winner for either side, firing over the bar from six yards.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

Post-match: Burton manager Rowett

"If you'd told me we were going to draw before the game, I would have been disappointed because it was a big game for us today.

"If we'd won it, it would have given us a big impetus for the next two, but after seeing how the game went and how we played and what the conditions were like, I would have to say it was probably a point gained.

"It might be an important point at the end of the season. We didn't play anywhere near well enough."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards
  • 14 McCrory
  • 23 Palmer
  • 06 Sharps
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 19 Ismail
  • 08 Weir
  • 20 McGurk (Knowles - 67' )
  • 29 Kee (Alexander - 60' )
  • 17 Phillips (Hussey - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Siegrist
  • 03 Hussey
  • 05 Diamond
  • 07 Bell
  • 09 Alexander
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 18 Knowles

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Butterfield Booked
  • 03 Woodman
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Coles
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 29 Grimes
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 22 Keohane
  • 11 Davies Booked

Substitutes

  • 08 Oakley
  • 10 Gow
  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 20 Nichols
  • 25 Parkin
  • 30 Pym
  • 32 Wheeler
Ref: Gavin Ward
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Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

4 3

Corners

5 6

Fouls

3 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Exeter City 1.

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Exeter City 1.

90:00 +0:46

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

89:00

Daniel Coles (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:58

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

88:11

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

85:34

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

85:34

Foul by Matt Grimes (Exeter City).

79:59

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Daniel Coles.

76:40

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

76:00

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

76:00

Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

75:24

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

75:24

Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

75:07

Attempt missed. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

72:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Chris Hussey replaces Jimmy Phillips.

70:41

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

70:41

Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City).

68:28 Booking

Booking Danny Butterfield (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

68:23

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

68:23

Foul by Danny Butterfield (Exeter City).

67:43

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

67:15

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

67:04

Attempt blocked. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

66:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Dominic Knowles replaces Adam McGurk.

60:48

Attempt saved. Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

59:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Gary Alexander replaces Billy Kee.

57:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 1, Exeter City 1. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zeli Ismail.

57:35

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

57:35

Daniel Coles (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:54 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Ian Sharps, Burton Albion. Burton Albion 0, Exeter City 1.

53:36

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

51:43

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

48:59

Attempt blocked. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Exeter City 0.

45:00 +1:31 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Exeter City 0.

41:37

Attempt saved. John O'Flynn (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

39:23

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Daniel Coles.

37:53

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

37:20

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

37:20

Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City).

33:36

Hand ball by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

32:15

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

30:57

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

30:57

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:53

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

27:23

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

27:23

Foul by Daniel Coles (Exeter City).

24:08

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

21:15

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

21:15

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

19:29

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

19:06

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

12:21 Booking

Booking Arron Davies (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

12:08

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:08

Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

11:32

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam McGurk.

11:15

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

9:51

Dean Lyness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:51

Foul by Daniel Coles (Exeter City).

9:11

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

8:59

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

6:31

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

6:17

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

5:59

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

5:08

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

1:39

Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

1:39

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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