BURTON Albion started this game a little shaky but settled into it after about five minutes.
They then put on a fantastic display of high tempo, skilful football, and looked as though they meant to control the game from that point on.
Burton were really unlucky in the early stages and so several shots strike the posts.
Damien McCrory delivered an incredible free-kick that was heading just under the bar.
It was saved by the keeper, but on any other day it would have gone in – an absolute corker of a shot.
After 26 minutes one finally went in from a marvellous bit of combination play as McFadzean eventually slotted home.
The first half was a display of quality football by Albion– as good as any you will have seen so far this season.
The team played with a fluidity that they have been trying to achieve for some time.
It looked as though this lineup and formation could be the solution we have all been looking for.
Burton really needed to score a second time to put the game to bed, but it just didn’t come.
In the second half it was an Albion team that played totally different to how they had in the first 45 minutes.
They fell back on the defensive, didn’t harass Argyle players as they had in the first half and gave away possession too easily.
It looked like the old Albion – totally on the defensive and almost inviting a Plymouth goal for a spell of about 20 minutes.
Fortunately Plymouth were not the team I had been led to think they were, and they never really looked like troubling Burton too much.
They had some really tall players who won everything in the air. I would have liked Albion to keep the ball on the floor because of the aerial dominance of the Plymouth side, unfortunately they didn’t and hence kept losing possession every time they hoofed it forwards.
Gary Alexander has started to show his qualities as a forward, able to get the ball and then passing it off intelligently to the likes of Billy Kee.
They looked dangerous and I was sorry to see them substituted.
Michael Symes came on for Alexander and played quite well.
However, he missed an open goal on 85 minutes that he really should have scored.
The lack of goals continues to be a problem for Albion.
It wasn’t helped by a referee who allowed Plymouth to persistently manhandle the Burton players in the most ridiculous way.
Several times, Kee and Alexander were grappled to the floor in an effort to stop them moving upfield.
We see this almost every week with no punishment by referees.
It makes a mockery of football and does nothing for the reputation of League Two.
It’s a ref’s job to punish this sort of thuggery – can some ref tell me why most of them don’t?
We won by the single goal.
I don’t know if Burton were paying the defence double the money paid to midfield and strikers, but if they weren’t then they should have.
Our defence were yet again our saviours and deserve every bit of praise they get.
Ian Sharps is our hero.
Let’s hope we can find more goals next week – I would love a two or three goal margin of victory at Northampton.
Every true Burton fan should be behind the team at every game now as Gary (Rowett) and the boys have earned our full support.
No other team has been so close to promotion these last two years.
Come on you Brewers!!!!
THE manager and players can feel really proud of their performance.
The first half especially was a revelation – the players and formation were immense.
Going forward we had options and really benefited from getting players playing to their strengths.
Lee Bell sat in front of the back four doing the simple things well, Matty Palmer got into pockets of space to keep the ball moving, Jimmy Phillips had license to run with the ball and go each way.
The full backs pushed on offering width and the whole team all played with energy, skill and a real threat.
Plymouth could not live with us in the first half and the second was just as impressive for a different reason.
During this period we showed grit, determination and the organisational skills needed to keep out the opposition who gave it everything.
My only plea is don’t let’s regress back to the standard 4-4-2 and the predictability it brings.
Bring on Northampton.