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Burton Albion beat QPR in another League Cup giantkilling

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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BURTON Albion have beaten top flight opposition for the first time in their history after Adam McGurk fired them past Queen's Park Rangers in the League Cup second round tie at the Pirelli Stadium tonight.

The Brewers showed no fear against their Premier League visitors, had by far the better chances, and took a deserved lead when McGurk fired home a delicious free-kick in the 77th minute.

Manager Gary Rowett rang four changes from the side who drew 1-1 at Newport County on Saturday, with Alex MacDonald, Dominic Knowles, Matty Palmer and Marcus Harness coming in for Callum McFadzean, Stuart Beavon, Robbie Weir and Lucas Akins.

And MacDonald, Harness and Knowles all went close as Albion put together some excellent attacking moves.

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At the other end, Junior Hoilett hit the crossbar, Karl Henry shot wide and Hoilett also chipped a good chance over the bar after getting through one-on-one.

There was little change in momentum after the break, with Brewers stopper Jon McLaughlin rarely tested, while Albion continued to send wave after wave of attack on the Rangers goal.

And they got their breakthrough 13 minutes from time when Harness - the outstanding player on the night - won a free-kick 20 yards out after a crude tackle from Richard Dunne.

McGurk only had one thing on his mind, and curled home over the wall and past the despairing Brian Murphy.

The win earns Burton another home tie in the third round, against Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.

Derby County, who beat Charlton Athletic last night, will host Reading.

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