BURTON Albion were unable to recreate their sparkling form of three days ago as visitors Torquay United held them 0-0 at half-time at the Pirelli Stadium this evening.
Adam McGurk hit the post with a free-kick right at the end of the half, while Billy Kee forced a good save from Martin Rice, but there was no way through at the break.
Gary Rowett made just one change to the side which beat league leaders Chesterfield so impressively on Saturday, with Kee returning from suspension to start up front.
Skipper Lee Bell was the man to make way as Matty Palmer retained his place in central midfield on the back of an impressive full league debut at the ProAct Stadium.
There was some good early intent from Burton, the best when Palmer’s forensic pass was dummied to Kee by McGurk, who received the ball back from his strike partner and shot wide.
The Gulls were a lively threat though, and in the 14th minute, Albion were unable to get the ball off their opponents, and Karl Hawley flashed a shot across the face of goal after being allowed to turn too easily on the edge of the area.
After a spell of pressure from the visitors, Albion broke and Kee set up Hussey for a curling shot that was saved, and from the resultant corner, Ian Sharps’ header was blocked on the line.
Adebayo Azeez was a constant menace and he got the better of Phil Edwards, but not Ian Sharps, who had to put in a late sliding block.
Albion’s best chance came seven minutes from time when Palmer’s challenge on Kevin Nicholson saw the spurt through to Kee, whose shot was turned around the post by Rice before McGurk’s free-kick rattled the woodwork to mark the end of the half.
BREWERS: Pickford; Edwards, Sharps (c), Cansdell-Sherriff, McCrory; Phillips, Weir, Palmer, Hussey; McGurk, Kee; subs: Lyness, Diamond, Bell, MacDonald, Knowles, Dyer, Symes
GULLS: Rice, Tonge, Nicholson, Cruise, O’Connor, Mansell (c), McCourt, Craig, Azeez, Hawley, Bodin; subs: Cameron, Chapell, McCallum, Benyon, Mackenzie, Thompson, Mozika.