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SLIDESHOW: Burton Albion 2, Accrington Stanley 1

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

  • 01/03/14 Burton Albion v Accrington Stanley Burton Albion .v. Accrington Stanley....Dominic Knowles

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BILLY Kee scored twice as Burton Albion claimed their first victory in five games with a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley at the Pirelli Stadium today.

Kee put the Brewers ahead in a first half marked by some decidely unfavourable refereeing, and after Dean Winnard equalised in the 69th minute, the Accrington defender turned villain 11 minutes later as he hauled Phil Edwards down in the box and Kee slotted home the penalty.

Gary Rowett made three changes from the side who drew 1-1 at Torquay United, with the 5-2-3 abandoned in a reversion to 4-4-2.

Jimmy Phillips replaced David Gray, with Kee and Dominic Knowles coming in up front for Adam McGurk and Gary Alexander.

The pace of those two replacement frontmen inspired Albion to come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, with Knowles and Robbie Weir twice taking aim, as well as shots from Kee and even Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

Stanley came out of a pummelling first 15 minutes traumatised but having survived, and threatened themselves through the lively Lee Molyneux and Kal Naismith.

A subtext to the half was Andy Haines' casual interpretation of what constitutes a foul, with Ian Sharps being man-handled by Piero Mingoia at every set piece.

Albion got their noses in front after 34 minutes, with Kee capitalising on a goalmouth scramble to fire home via a deflection.

The referee's decisions were no less random in the second half, but they did at least penalise the visitors as much as the hosts.

But it was a correct call to give a free-kick for a needless foul by Zeli Ismail just outside the box, and from Molyneux's dangerously-paced cross, Winnard got the slightest of touches, with Rob Lainton slightly at fault after a wayward attempt to punch.

Ismail made up for his error 10 minutes from time, as he didn't give up on a punt forward from Edwards, and battled to win Albion a corner.

There had been shoving at every set piece from Accy, and finally the referee had enough, pointing to the spot, from where Kee blasted home the winner.

Read the full report in Monday's Burton Mail.

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