If you enjoy watching top quality intelligent football played at high tempo, accurate passes, quality goal scoring and a group of disciplined players fully committed to delivering a first-class performance, then Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium was the place for you to be on Saturday afternoon.
If you also enjoy being part of a great crowd who make a wall of noise to encourage their favourite team all afternoon, then you would have loved it in the visitors’ stand of that same ground.
Even before kick-off the ‘Brewers choir’ were in full voice and the Burton players clearly appreciated it as they completely drowned out the Chesterfield supporters.
Right from the kick-off, the Brewers played like 11 men on a mission to destroy the top-of-the-table team.
The team sheet looked like a 4-5-1 formation with only Adam McGurk on his own up front, but in reality the whole team attacked and defended as one.
After 14 minutes Burton were 2-0 up with two superb goals coming from McGurk, who clearly loved the chance to play in the central attacking position.
The Albion fans were having a party and nothing was going to be allowed to spoil it.
The level of vocal support must have been like having that extra player alongside the team on the pitch.
In fact Burton could have been leading by three or four goals at half time with Robbie Weir and Ian Sharps both having great chances.
It would not be possible to pick out a Burton man-of-the match as everyone was just magnificent in this game but mention must be made of Matty Palmer, who played like a young version of Paul Scholes and looked totally comfortable all game.
Chesterfield never really troubled the Albion goal until the last few minutes and even then the Brewers did not do what they often do and move so far back that they invite a goal.
They pushed and harassed the Spirites back into their half of the pitch, the defence was well organised and tough and Albion constantly counter-attacked looking for a third goal.