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Burton Albion host Birmingham City in the Brewers' first Friday night match of the season tonight - and they will be hoping to pick up their first points of the campaign.

Albion have fond memories from their clashes with City last term, with the Brewers doing the double over tonight's opponents with 2-0 wins both home and away.

Hope Akpan misses out, following the dismissal of the Brewers' appeal of his red card in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough, while Ben Turner sits out the last of his five games.

Stephen Warnock is also likely to miss out, with Nigel Clough confirming that the summer signing from Wigan Athletic is "very doubtful" to be passed fit for tonight's game - and John Mousinho is also injured.

Jackson Irvine is set to return, though, after his one-match ban for picking up two yellow cards in the same game.

As ever, you can follow all the action from tonight's game on burtonmail.co.uk/sport, and you can get in touch with us at @BurtonAlbionBM , @JoshuaMurrayBM and @RichardCusackBM .

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We’ve brought you live coverage as the Brewers get off the mark with a 2-1 win over Birmingham City.

Keep checking back on burtonmail.co.uk/sport for more reaction to tonight’s triumph.

Here's some reaction from Blues boss Harry Redknapp

We came in at half-time, to be honest with you, 1-0 up and we felt very comfortable. They changed the system at half-time, they went to a 4-4-2, and they lifted their game. To be fair they came out as a different team in the second-half and we struggled to stay with them. It was disappointing in the end for sure. We were in a great position tonight to go on and win the game but we couldn’t deal with it. It was a disappointing night.

Harry Redknapp not speaking to press

I wonder why...

Fans definitely picked up, and that can only help the team

Nigel Clough says he feels "delighted"

I’m delighted. It’s good to get off the mark. It was important to get to half-time only 1-0 down. It was important to get back to being what we are all about and for 20 minutes we did. Sometime it’s not about formations, it’s about working a bit harder and we did. We have to play at a tempo and make it difficult for the opposition.

The Brewers love their matches against Midlands sides

And here's some reaction from goal-scorer Marvin Sordell

We’re on a fantastic journey - for us, we just want to continue it and stay in this league.

Jackson Irvine spoke to Sky Sports around 10 minutes ago

I think all the players were aware they needed to show a little bit more in the second half. The whole flow of the team was a bit better in the second half. I think the first points are always important. We had the same thing last season, we lost the first couple of games, but when you get those first points it gets you up and running.

Joshua Murray's match report from a jubilant night at the Pirelli Stadium is now up

Marvin Sordell is awarded man of the match by Sky Sports

That first goal was a peach...

FULL-TIME!!!!!

The Brewers run out 2-1 winners over Birmingham City - their first of the season.

What a second-half from Nigel Clough’s men.

They huffed and puffed and eventually blew Birmingham’s house down after a difficult opening period.

Full match report and reaction to come - stay tuned Brewers fans, and let the party begin!

90: Birmingham pushing

Can Albion see this out?

The ball runs out for a goal-kick as Birmingham launch it forward...

90: It's headed away

But it comes back in...

90: McCrory crunches Donaldson

Now Birmingham have a free-kick in a dangerous area.

90: Albion defending heroically

They’re doing their utmost to see this out.

Get those fingernails ready.

90: Five minutes of added time

The Brewers still have to hold on for a while now...

89: Attendance of 4,948

Not bad given it’s on national TV...

88: Cotterill tries an effort from range

And it’s blazed over...

87: Vassell whips a cross in

But Naylor clears it away...

PICTURE: The moment Lloyd Dyer made it three in three against the Blues...

Lloyd Dyer in action for Burton Albion
Lloyd Dyer in action for Burton Albion (Image: Richard Burley/Epic Action Imagery)

84: Brewers trying to hold out here

They seem to be running out of options in the final-third...

82: Blues sub

Craig Gardener is replaced by Stephen Gleeson.

82: N'Doye's header is close!

But easily saved by Bywater.

81: Vassell rolls McCrory

And his cross is blocked for a corner by Murphy.

80: Lund is coming off on a stretcher

And will be replaced by Luke Varney.

79: Stretcher out for Matty Lund

Will the Brewers’ rotten luck with injuries ever cease?

78: Matty Lund is down

Looks like he’s clutching his ankle.

77: Murphy releases Dyer

But Stockdale is first to it...

76: N'Doye tries another header

But his effort is over once again...

75: Vassell spins away from McCrory

But the defender stops a shot with an excellent block.