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FULL-TIME REPORT: Chesterfield 0, Burton Albion 2

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 19, 2013

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TWO goals from Adam McGurk saw Burton Albion get back to winning ways at the ProAct Stadium this afternoon as the visitors made a mockery of Chesterfield's position atop League Two.

The Northern Irishman made both goals look easy as he netted in the 10th and 14th minutes to go top of the Brewers' scoring charts with his fourth and fifth of the season.

Albion had not kept a clean sheet in seven games, and despite some hairy moments after the break, saw the game out in a way rarely seen so far this season.

Gary Rowett made two changes from the side beaten 1-0 by Southend United, both enforced.

Alex MacDonald picked up a hip injury in training yesterday and was replaced by Jimmy Phillips, while Billy Kee's suspension after being red-carded against the Shrimpers saw a change in formation, with Matty Palmer making his full league debut in a 4-5-1 that had McGurk at its apex.

He may not be every fans' idea of a target man, but he provided the ideal focal for Albion's adventurous play in the first half.

A minute after Shane Cansdell-Sherriff had hit the post and Chris Hussey struck the post from the rebound, Lee Bell played McGurk in and he burst through the Spireites' defence as though they were not there before opening his body up to fire past Tommy Lee.

And just four minutes later the visitors made it look even easier as Hussey got down the right, checked back onto his stronger left foot and curled in a cross which McGurk - a deceptively good header of the ball - simply nodded home.

Albion were put under pressure for the remainder of the half, especially in a 10-minute spell where Eoin Doyle twice threatened, while Chris Porter, Jimmy Ryan and Tendayi Darikwa saw shots blocked.

But Albion had the biggest miss of the half as Phillips' cross from the right was spooned well over the bar by Robbie Weir from eight yards.

The second-half was more even than the first, but while Chesterfield had more of the ball and did more of the probing, it was Albion who had the best chances.

Palmer almost marked his full debut with a goal as his free-kick forced Lee into a scramblign save, from which Phillips was unable to net the rebound.

And Weir then thumped the post from 35 yards with Lee beaten.

In between, Chesterfield subs Jay O'Shea and especially Armand Gnanduillet gave Albion worrying moments, and Jordan Pickford was forced into some good saves.

BREWERS (4-5-1): Pickford; Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, McCrory; Phillips, Weir, Bell (c), Palmer, Hussey; McGurk; subs: Lyness, Diamond, Dyer, Howe, Knowles, Holness, Symes.

CHESTERFIELD (4-2-3-1): Lee; Talbot (c), Hird, Cooper, Humphreys; Ryan, Morsy; Darikwa, Roberts, Doyle, Porter; subs: Chapman, Evatt, O'Shea, Banks, McSheffrey, Gnanduillet, Richards.

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