20:23 Tuesday 17 December 2013

HALF TIME REPORT: Burton Albion 1, Fleetwood Town 0

Written byDavid Broome

BILLY Kee struck for his fourth successive game to give Burton Albion a narrow lead against Fleetwood Town in their FA Cup second round replay at the Pirelli Stadium tonight.

Kee's well taken goal came after 24 minutes of fairly uninspiring football from both sides, but he made sure the Brewers had one foot in the third round after converting Chris Hussey's nodded knockdown.

Gary Rowett kept faith with the team who were held to a 1-1 draw by York City on Saturday, with Adam McGurk still not fit enough to make the squad of 18.

Steven Schumacher fired wide early on following good work from the lively Junior Brown before Hussey did the same at the other end after cutting in from the right.

That marked the only action of any threat until the 19th minute, when a loose clearance came to Robbie Weir, and he chested the ball down before hitting a half volley straight at Scott Davies.

But the Brewers broke the deadlock with a goal of far more quality than the game had shown thus far, as McCrory crossed to the far post, where Hussey nodded back across goal and Kee turned to fire a powerful shot past Davies.

Howe had the chance to double the scoring and end his scoring drought soon after, but nodded wide after heading Kee's cross onto himself.

Fleetwood's best chance came from Brown, who showed excellent technique to sting Lyness' palms with a dipping volley from 30 yards.

BREWERS: Lyness; Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, McCrory; MacDonald, Bell (c), Weir, Hussey; Kee, Howe; subs: Siegrist, Diamond, Phillips, Knowles, Holness, Palmer, Symes.

COD ARMY: Davies, Murdoch, Roberts (c), Evans, Schumacher, Hughes, Brown, McLaughlin, Cresswell, Taylor, Dieseruvwe; subs: Eve, Parkin, Hogan, Sarcevic, Ball, Crowther, Jordan.

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