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VIDEO: Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

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TWO goals in 15 minutes from Dominic Knowles - his first for the club - saw Burton Albion come from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium today.

The Brewers were trailing 1-0 to Byron Harrison's 62-minute strike, but Gary Rowett brought on Knowles and Zeli Ismail, for his debut, and they combined to grab the winning goals from very similar positions and extend Albion's unbeaten run to 11 games.

Rowett made just the one change enforced upon him, as Shane Cansdell-Sherriff's broken cheekbone brought Zander Diamond back into the defence.

New loan signings Adam Buxton and Ismail were both named on the bench.

Adam McGurk and Jimmy Phillips both fired wide early on, while Dean Lyness had to be alert to claim two dangerous crosses in the air.

The Brewers' best chance came midway through the half, when Matty Palmer threaded a brilliant ball through to McGurk, whose first touch took control away from him and his eventually weak shot was saved by Scott Brown.

Dean Lyness was then almost the instigator of his own downfall as his weak kick fell to Kemar Roofe, who attempted to lob the stranded Brewers keeper, and the ball fell only inches wide.

Seconds later, Phillips beat his man on the left and crossed for Diamond, whose looping header almost caught out Brown, as he had to tip over the bar - and from the resultant corner, Diamond headed over.

The Robins should have gone into the break 1-0 up though when Sam Deering's ball was missed by a leaden-footed Albion defence and Jermaine McGlashan, clean through against Lyness, blazed over from yards out.

And Kee thought he had got the opener three minutes before the break as he rose well to head Phillips' cross goalwards, but Brown pulled off a great save, clawing the ball away with a one-handed dive.

Two minutes later, Lyness matched his opposite number's heroics, tipping over Troy Brown's header from a corner.

The Robins took the lead when the home defence switched off and allowed Jason Taylor to run through and lay off for Harrison, who made it three in three games against Albion with a low finish.

But less than 10 minutes later, the Brewers were level as Ismail - who looked a tricky prospect - sent the ball in for Knowles, who looked to have mis-controlled, but then fired past Brown to open his account for the club.

And the two subs combined again to snatch the hosts a win as Ismail's low cross was turned in at the far post.

BREWERS (4-4-2): Lyness; Edwards, Diamond, Sharps, McCrory; Phillips, Weir, Palmer, MacDonald; McGurk, Kee; subs: Siegrist, Hussey, Buxton, Bell, Knowles, Ismail, Holness.

ROBINS: Brown, Taylor, Brown, Elliott (c), Deering, Harrison, McGlashan, Richards, Jombati, Braham-Barrett, Roofe; subs: Roberts, Cureton, Gornell, Hanks, Kotwica, Vincent, Ihiekwe.

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