Ten-man Burton Albion came through an ill-tempered finale at Mansfield Town to secure victory and maintain their unbeaten record in League Two.

Alex MacDonald open the scoring for the league leaders with a 20-yard deflected shot on 42 minutes and Callum McFadzean tapped in after the break.

The Stags hit back when Matt Rhead headed home a free-kick on 75 minutes.

Robbie Weir was sent off for a headbutt with two minutes to go and the match ended in a mass confrontation.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox after 2-1 defeat to Burton

"I didn't think we deserved to lose today. I thought the lads gave everything and showed a tremendous desire and attitude.

"I think we were in possession of the ball for both goals and our lack of sophistication cost us.

"We need to concentrate more. We need to be better in both boxes."

Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

Rowett on Mansfield v Burton

"It was hard fought against a team that are very direct in their play - and they're good at it.

"I felt as though we coped with it really well, particularly early on in the second half to break away after scoring the first goal with a little bit of fortune.

"Our forward play could have been a little more incisive, and I was a little worried the conditions might play into their hands in the second half, but we were very strong.

"We broke away and our second goal was an excellent, excellent goal."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Mansfield Town

  • 23 Evtimov
  • 02 Sutton
  • 18 Beevers Booked (Heslop - 91' )
  • 06 Tafazolli
  • 03 Riley
  • 12 McGuire
  • 21 Murray
  • 22 Taylor (Bell - 78' )
  • 11 Clucas
  • 14 Palmer (Fisher - 63' )
  • 09 Rhead

Substitutes

  • 01 Studer
  • 07 Bell
  • 08 Fisher
  • 16 Heslop
  • 19 Marsden
  • 20 Thomas
  • 28 Clements

Burton Albion

  • 01 McLaughlan Booked
  • 06 Sharps
  • 03 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 02 Edwards
  • 05 Taft
  • 08 Weir Dismissed
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 15 McFadzean (Bell - 90' )
  • 04 Mousinho
  • 20 McGurk
  • 09 Beavon Booked (Harness - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Bell
  • 12 Blyth
  • 16 Lyness
  • 18 Knowles
  • 23 Palmer
  • 24 Slade
  • 27 Harness
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 2,966

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

1 2

Corners

7 4

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Burton Albion 2.

90:00 +8:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, Burton Albion 2.

90:00 +6:12

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

90:00 +6:12

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

90:00 +5:02

Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +5:02

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

90:00 +0:52

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

90:00 +0:52

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

90:00 +0:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Simon Heslop replaces Lee Beevers.

89:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Callum McFadzean.

86:01 Dismissal

Dismissal Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) is shown the red card.

85:24

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

85:24

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

83:57

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

83:34

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Beevers.

83:21

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

82:28

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

80:49

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

80:49

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

79:04

Foul by Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town).

79:04

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:10

Foul by Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town).

78:10

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

77:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Fergus Bell replaces Rob Taylor.

76:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Stuart Beavon.

74:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Burton Albion 2. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Murray following a set piece situation.

74:00

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:57

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion).

73:32

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:32

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

72:42

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

72:42

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

70:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Mansfield Town 0, Burton Albion 2. Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

69:04

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

69:04

Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:33

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

66:46 Booking

Booking Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

66:43

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

66:43

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:23 Booking

Booking Jon McLaughlan (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

63:09

Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

62:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Alex Fisher replaces Ollie Palmer.

61:40

Attempt missed. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

60:58

Attempt missed. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

60:15

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:15

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

58:35

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

58:14

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

57:10

Attempt missed. Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

56:17

Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:17

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

53:12

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

53:12

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

52:12

Attempt missed. Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:36 Booking

Booking Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

51:31

Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:31

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion).

49:04

Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:04

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion).

48:36

Attempt missed. Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

48:09

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by John Mousinho.

45:00

Second Half begins Mansfield Town 0, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Mansfield Town 0, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +0:31

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

45:00 +0:19

Attempt blocked. Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

41:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Mansfield Town 0, Burton Albion 1. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

40:30

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

38:29

Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:29

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

36:35

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:35

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

33:30

Foul by Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town).

33:30

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:39

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

29:54

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

29:27

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

29:27

George Taft (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:26

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

28:13

Attempt blocked. Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

26:43

Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:43

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

26:15

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Martin Riley.

25:15

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

25:15

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:40

Attempt missed. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

23:49

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

23:04

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

23:04

Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:20

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:20

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

18:45

Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:45

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion).

17:34

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:34

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

14:39

Attempt missed. Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

12:29

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

12:29

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

10:58

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

10:58

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

9:25

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

7:41

Attempt missed. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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