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Match Report by Jack Stout – Burton Albion 0 – 1 West Brom
The Bass Charity Vase left the Pirelli stadium for the first time since 2011, as Premier League Side West Bromwich Albion came out on top in a topsy-turvy first game at the Pirelli this season.
The brewers fielded a strong team, including new signings Hope Akpan and Liam Boyce. West Brom also fielded a strong team, with Nacer Chadli, Ben Foster and Jonny Evans all starting. Burton’s bench contained mainly young players, such as Ben Fox and Harry Campbell.
Referee Keith Stroud blew his whistle and the game was underway! The game took a while to get going and the first real chance was fifteen minutes in, when Jay Rodriguez curled a shot wide from the edge of the box. Just two minutes later, a Burton corner was cleared to Luke Murphy whose volley was held by Ben Foster.
Not long after, Nacer Chadli rattled the bar from six yards, after he got the ball under control. Then a Salomon Rondon free kick was well saved by Steven Bywater. The shot dipped over the wall, but the ex-Derby keeper was quick to react, springing to his right hands side. Burton then had arguably the best chance so far. Hope Akpan missed the ball, but it fell to Lloyd Dyer, whose shot was just over the bar.
Once again, the game went quiet, with crosses for both sides being easily cleared. The game was goalless at the break, with West Brom dominating possession and chances.
Both sides returned unchanged after the break. Soon after the game got back underway, Steven Warnock whipped in a cross, that was spilt by Ben Foster and went out for a corner, that came to nothing.
The brewers applied pressure as Jackson Irvine flashed a ball across the goal, but no one was there to tap it home. Hope Akpan was then played through but his shot was well saved by Foster.
On the 63rd minute, Buxton and Akpan were replaced by Mousinhio and Akins. Four minutes later, Matty Palmer replaced the limping Liam Boyce.
Steven Bywater easily punched away a baggies free kick, just before Joe Sbarra replaced Marvin Sordell. Then a West Brom cross was headed by Hegazi and it looked goal bound, until McFadzean cleared it out, off the line, for a corner.
The corner was whipped in deep, and Rodriguez scrambled the ball over the line, via the post. West Brom went ahead. Bywater then clawed away McManaman’s curling shot, and the ball was cleared. Damien McCrory replaced McFadzean with nine minutes to play. Ben Fox then replaced Luke Murphy on the 85th minute.
The brewers pushed for an equaliser, and were almost rewarded with one, as Damien McCrory lined a shot up, but it whistled just wide. Then the brewers had two consecutive corners, which were both cleared.
It was a frustrating match for the brewers, as they picked up their 2nd loss of preseason. Burton travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday, where they will look to pick up momentum as the season rapidly approaches.
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