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Burton Albion 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Ben Fox's first league goal snatched all three points for Burton against struggling Bristol Rovers in a low-quality League One encounter at the Pirelli Stadium.

The academy product, on as a second-half substitute, turned smartly inside the box as the game went into added on time to take Lucas Akins' pass and fire home at the near post.

In a frustrating second half both Will Miller and Kyle McFadzean rattled the Rovers woodwork as Albion looked the more likely to break the stalemate in a game of precious few clear chances.

Miller was a bright spark for the Brewers out on the left side, making his first start since January after a serious knee injury, whilst Rovers looked for the skills of on-loan Watford striker Alex Jakubiak to try to get them going.

McFadzean forced Jack Bonham into an excellent save with a dipping shot after 39 minutes before Rovers defender Tony Craig thought he had broken his side's recent goal drought from a scramble inside the Burton box only to be denied by the offside flag.

But Fox struck in added time to claim a valuable win for Nigel Clough's side.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Burton

  • 26Evtimov
  • 2Brayford
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Turner
  • 14McCrory
  • 4Allen
  • 23Quinn
  • 7FraserBooked at 40minsSubstituted forFoxat 55'minutes
  • 8HeskethSubstituted forColeat 89'minutes
  • 10Akins
  • 18MillerSubstituted forSbarraat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Buxton
  • 9Sbarra
  • 12Fox
  • 16Myers-Harness
  • 19Hutchinson
  • 20Campbell
  • 44Cole

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 15J Clarke
  • 5Craig
  • 4Lockyer
  • 22PartingtonBooked at 31minsSubstituted forKellyat 70'minutes
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7SercombeSubstituted forMatthewsat 67'minutes
  • 6Upson
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 74mins
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forReillyat 77'minutes
  • 17Jakubiak

Substitutes

  • 9Payne
  • 16Broadbent
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 23Bennett
  • 26Matthews
  • 28Kelly
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
3,171

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Ben Fox (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Akins.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Devante Cole replaces Jake Hesketh.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Attempt missed. Michael Kelly (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Brayford (Burton Albion).

Michael Kelly (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Foul by Ben Fox (Burton Albion).

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Sbarra (Burton Albion).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Sbarra replaces Will Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Gavin Reilly replaces Alex Rodman.

Foul by Jake Hesketh (Burton Albion).

Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Attempt blocked. Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jake Hesketh (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Will Miller (Burton Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Michael Kelly replaces Joe Partington.

Foul by Ben Fox (Burton Albion).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Sam Matthews replaces Liam Sercombe.

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

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ed Upson.

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth1393123111230
2Peterborough1383230191127
3Barnsley127412691725
4Doncaster137332116524
5Sunderland1265124131123
6Accrington136521713423
7Walsall126421512322
8Fleetwood135532112920
9Southend136251716120
10Luton135441918119
11Charlton125341918118
12Coventry135351113-218
13Scunthorpe134542026-617
14Blackpool11371129316
15Burton124261315-214
16Rochdale133461928-913
17Shrewsbury132651113-212
18Wycombe132651419-512
19Gillingham123271522-711
20Wimbledon133281018-811
21Bristol Rovers13247913-410
22Bradford133191020-1010
23Oxford Utd132381323-109
24Plymouth13148922-137
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