13:35 Thursday 02 January 2014

VIDEO: Mansfield Town 0, Burton Albion 0

Written byDavid Broome

BURTON Albion were held to their first goalless draw of the season as the new year brought a damp and drab game of football against struggling hosts Mansfield Town at Field Mill today.

Driving rain meant play was difficult for both teams, and although Albion dominated against a poor Stags side, they fashioned few clear cut chances.

The festive fixture pile-up still left manager Gary Rowett undaunted, and he made no changes to the side who beat Newport County on Sunday.

That meant another start for Alex MacDonald and Jimmy Phillips, with Chris Hussey on the bench once again.

Adam McGurk twice shot off target from distance, after Billy Kee had tested the reactions of Alan Marriott from a tight angle after chasing down a loose ball.

The best opportunity fell to Phil Edwards, who surged onto a throw-in from Alex MacDonald and saw his stinging drive deflected for a corner.

The second half did not offer much more in terms of entertainment, although as the wind and rain dropped, the Stags did at least fashion some chances.

In the 51st minute, the hosts had their first shot of the game, Matt Rhead firing wide, before Kee's header was saved - just - by Marriott.

Rowett brought on Hussey and Rene Howe in a bid to change things, and the former almost got them in front, as he headed Phillips' cross onto the foot of the post.

Ollie Palmer drove a shot wide and Howell headed off target, while Matty Palmer's free-kick was straight at Marriott.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff had one of the best chances of the closing stages, his header cleared off the line in a move that saw the defender's game ended through injury.

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