League Two
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Burton Albion 1-0 Newport County

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:

Gary Rowett

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Post-match: Burton manager Rowett

"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."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 16Lyness
  • 2Edwards
  • 14McCrory
  • 23Palmer
  • 6Sharps
  • 25Cansdell-SherriffBooked at 56mins
  • 11MacDonaldSubstituted forHusseyat 83'minutes
  • 8WeirSubstituted forBellat 67'minutes
  • 29Kee
  • 20McGurk
  • 17Phillips

Substitutes

  • 1Siegrist
  • 3Hussey
  • 5Diamond
  • 7Bell
  • 9Howe
  • 18Knowles
  • 21Holness

Newport

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 2Pipe
  • 18Jackson
  • 13Sandell
  • 22WorleySubstituted forYakubuat 62'minutes
  • 20Oshilaja
  • 17FlynnSubstituted forNaylorat 68'minutes
  • 7ChapmanBooked at 78mins
  • 23Jolley
  • 14Washington
  • 12WillmottSubstituted forBurgeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5James
  • 6Yakubu
  • 8Minshull
  • 9Crow
  • 15Burge
  • 19Naylor
  • 24Barker
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
2,692

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Newport County 0.

Full Time

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

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

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

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

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

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

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

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

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

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

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

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

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Chris Hussey replaces Alexander MacDonald.

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

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

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

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

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

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

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

Foul by Conor Washington (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Ryan Burge replaces Robbie Willmott.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Tom Naylor replaces Michael Flynn.

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Ismail Yakubu replaces Harry Worley.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

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

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

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield2311841441
2Scunthorpe231184941
3Burton231256541
4Rochdale231247740
5Oxford Utd2310851338
6Southend231157838
7Newport221075837
8Fleetwood221129635
9Morecambe241059-335
10Cheltenham24897-233
11Exeter23959-132
12Dag & Red23878231
13Hartlepool23878231
14Plymouth23869-530
15Wimbledon22778-228
16Wycombe22769027
17Portsmouth23689-826
18Accrington236710-625
19Mansfield236710-825
20Bury23599-324
21Bristol Rovers235810-523
22York234109-522
23Torquay235711-1322
24Northampton234712-1319
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