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FULL-TIME: Burton Albion 2, Fleetwood Town 4

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

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BURTON Albion conceded four goals for the second time in three games - but the first time in the league, as they lost a scrappy game to promotion rivals Fleetwood Town at the Pirelli Stadsium today.

Kick-off was delayed by an hour due to a thunder- and hailstorm which passed overhead at around 2:30pm.

When it got underway, Albion found themselves under intense pressure, with the running of David Ball and the physicality of Jon Parkin a particular problem.

After making it through an awkward first 10 minutes, Burton did create some chances, but Fleetwood - perhaps more used to these sorts of conditions - had more of the ball, and took the lead in the 19th minute.

Ball collected a pass from Stewart Murdoch just inside the right corner of Dean Lyness' area and hit a good shot across the Albion keeper and into the far corner of the net.

Jimmy Phillips and Phil Edwards both saw shots saved by Scott Davies, but Albion's confidence seemed low, and as such they resorted to long balls too often.

The Brewers were better after the break, and levelled matters five minutes in as Matty Palmer's cross was punched out by Davies, straight onto the head of Mark Roberts, and the ball rebounded into the net.

Fleetwood re-established their lead almost immediately though as Nathan Pond bundled the ball home from a corner.

Once again, it was an own goal which got Albion level, Alex Marrow this time the unfortunate party, nodding past his own keeper from Phillips' cross.

But Parkin got the goal his performance deserved and then Junior Brown wrapped up a miserable day for Burton.

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