League Two
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Burton Albion 2-0 Torquay United

Goals from Jimmy Phillips and Adam McGurk helped Burton to a comfortable victory against Torquay United.

Brewers skipper Ian Sharps had a header cleared off the line while McGurk saw his swerving free-kick hit the post.

Gary Rowett's side finally got the goal they deserved when Billy Kee's shot came back off the woodwork and Phillips followed up to rifle home.

Kee then threaded a pass through for McGurk who fired a shot into the far corner - his sixth goal this term.

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Burton assistant manager Kevin Summerfield told BBC Radio Derby:

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Post-match: Burton assistant Summerfield

"It's been due at home. We've been a little bit unlucky. We've shot ourselves in the foot on several occasions this season, but this was a good game and it was pleasing after Saturday's win.

"Our back four looked really solid. In days gone by, we would've been camped in our box, panicking like anything, basically sitting there and hoping we could get a 1-0. We're not doing that anymore. We're pretty confident in the back four and it allows us to play out again.

"Clean sheets are absolutely vital. We've struggled to keep them this season, but in the last four or five games, we've looked a hell of a lot better. We haven't looked like conceding goals and nobody has looked like threatening us and that gives you a great platform to play off."

Torquay United boss Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:

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Knill rues defensive absentees

"I thought we did OK but we gave away two poor goals.

"Up to that I thought we did a decent job. We knew it was going to be difficult and we have to get through this period.

"We know we're missing our centre-halves but we competed with one of the best teams in the league."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Edwards
  • 14McCrory
  • 8Weir
  • 25Cansdell-SherriffBooked at 36mins
  • 6Sharps
  • 17Phillips
  • 23Palmer
  • 29Kee
  • 20McGurk
  • 3HusseyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Diamond
  • 7Bell
  • 11MacDonald
  • 16Lyness
  • 18Knowles
  • 22Dyer
  • 28Symes

Torquay

  • 13Rice
  • 2TongeBooked at 90mins
  • 3Nicholson
  • 17McCourt
  • 29O'Connor
  • 21Cruise
  • 23Azeez
  • 7Mansell
  • 9HawleySubstituted forBenyonat 84'minutes
  • 10BodinSubstituted forMcCallumat 41'minutes
  • 20CraigSubstituted forChapellat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Cameron
  • 12Chapell
  • 19McCallum
  • 26Benyon
  • 30MacKenzie
  • 33Thompson
  • 36Mozika
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
2,005

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0.

Booking

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Thomas Cruise.

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Torquay United).

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

Foul by Jak McCourt (Torquay United).

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Karl Hawley.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Chris Hussey.

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Kee.

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Nathan Craig.

Attempt missed. Jak McCourt (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Nathan Craig (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Nathan Craig (Torquay United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

Hand ball by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul McCallum (Torquay United).

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Torquay United).

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Torquay United 0. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Kee.

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

Attempt saved. Paul McCallum (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Attempt missed. Nathan Craig (Torquay United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

Attempt saved. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

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

Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Martin Rice.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale13823726
2Chesterfield13733724
3Exeter13733524
4Oxford Utd13652923
5Fleetwood13715522
6Morecambe13643222
7Mansfield13562421
8Burton13634221
9Newport13553420
10Wycombe12624420
11Southend13625320
12Scunthorpe12552220
13Dag & Red13553120
14Hartlepool13535218
15Wimbledon13535-118
16Portsmouth12444016
17Cheltenham13436-615
18York12336-412
19Plymouth13337-712
20Bury13247-310
21Bristol Rovers13247-710
22Torquay13247-1010
23Northampton13238-89
24Accrington13148-117
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