BURTON Albion much put on a show at the Pirelli Stadium today to win the Bass Charity Vase for the third time in succession.
Goals from Alex MacDonald, Lucas Akins and Dominic Knowles put the Brewers 3-0 up on visitors Sheffield United at the break, and after weathering a second-half fightback, they snatched a fourth through trialist Louis Cutajar in the dying minutes.
Aside from the goals, there were plenty more positives for boss Gary Rowett, principally in the way his new signings - especially Akins and striker Stuart Beavon - added an attacking threat.
It is foolish to draw too many conclusions from a friendly match against a team - even a League One team - playing their first game of pre-season, but Burton looked comfortable all over the pitch.
Even ten changes after the break did not disrupt them as much as it might have done, with the second-half team looking keen to impress themselves upon the manager.
BREWERS (4-4-2): Anyon (Lyness 46); Edwards (Ribiero 46), Taft (Cutajar 69), Sharps (Slade 61) (c), McFadzean (Cansdell-Sherriff 46); MacDonald (Cranston 46), Weir (Shelton 69), Palmer, Akins (Harness 46); Beavon (McGurk 46), Knowles (Verheydt); subs: O'Brien, Austin.
BLADES (first half): Howard, Butler, Dimaio, Doyle (c), Murphy, Collins, Davies, Porter, Campbell-Ryce, Pailing, Reed.
(second half): Long, Alcock, Maguire, McGahey, Harris, Crawford, Basham, McGinn, Scougall, Baxter, De Girolamo.
REFEREE: Jon Moss (Tyne and Wear).
For a full match report – see Monday’s Burton Mai