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SLIDESHOW: Burton Albion 1, Exeter City 1

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

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ADAM McGurk's first goal in more than two months earned Burton Albion a point against mid-table visitors Exeter City at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Grecians saw two goals disallowed in a largely even first-half, but took the lead when Ian Sharps put through his own net.

The lead lasted only a minute though, with McGurk scoring his first since November to claim the draw.

Gary Rowett made three changes from the side beaten 4-2 by Fleetwood Town last weekend, with Zeli Ismail making his full home debut, in place of skipper Lee Bell - Matty Palmer moving back into central midfield.

The other changes saw Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and McGurk return from injury to take their places at centre-half and cente-forward respectively, with Zander Diamond and Dominic Knowles dropping to the bench.

And McGurk was lively in the first half, seeing a half volley saved by returning former Brewer Artur Krysiak and another shot flash wide of goal - although that was ruled out for offside.

Also disallowed were Exeter's scrambled 'goal' from a corner and a John O'Flynn header, for a foul on Dean Lyness and offside respectively.

O'Flynn was a danger for Albion, as was Liam Sercombe, and the duo twice combined to fashion shots on goal, one saved and one just wide.

At the other end, Matty Palmer's header from Jimmy Phillips' cross was deflected behind.

The visitors took the lead on 56 minutes, as O'Flynn's initial shot was saved brilliantly by Lyness, but the rebound hit Sharps and went in.

Albion were level almost immediately though as Edwards and Ismail broke down the right and the latter's cross fell to McGurk, and he fired through a crowd of bodies.

Alexander came on for his debut and almost got the winner with his first touch, heading Phillips' cross straight at Krysiak.

Lyness had to punch clear and Edwards made a great last-ditch block as Exeter pushed for a winner, while Phillips ran from one box to the other before firing at Krysiak.

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