April 27, 2013
Brewers see off Gills to snatch fourth spot
League Two champions Gillingham suffered only their third away defeat of the season as play-off contenders Burton ran out 3-2 winners in an entertaining finale at the Pirelli Stadium.
The victory hands the Brewers fourth spot in the table and home advantage in the play-offs as they now prepare to face Bradford over two legs.
Gills boss Martin Allen included three teenage debutants in his line-up and a more experienced Burton side came from behind to preserve the best home record in the division.
Myles Weston struck from the penalty spot for the Gills in the ninth minute after Bradley Dack had been tripped by full-back Aaron Webster.
Burton were back on level terms in the 33rd minute when Billy Kee rattled home the rebound after a thunderous shot from Jimmy Phillips had hit a post.
Phillips was again the provider six minutes later with a low cross that was tapped home by Michael Symes to give Burton the lead.
Adam Birchall was denied a Gillingham equaliser straight after the break by Stuart Tomlinson's brilliant reflex save.
And the Gills were unable to contain Phillips as the winger produced the perfect cross for substitute Calvin Zola to head Burton into a 3-1 lead in the 63rd minute.
Gillingham sub Nathan Nyafli had an immediate impact when he stole on to the end of Sam Muggleton's long throw-in to reduce the deficit three minutes later, but Burton ran out winners.
|13 Stuart Tomlinson||21 Tommy Forecast|
|3 Aaron Webster||12 Andy Frampton|
|5 Alexander Diamond||15 Callum Davies|
|21 Marcus Holness||37 Sam Muggleton|
|20 Anthony O'Connor||28 Steven Gregory|
|6 John McGrath||24 Myles Weston|
|7 Lee Fowler||14 Charlie Allen|
|17 Jimmy Phillips||18 Bradley Dack|
|27 Adam Drury||23 Mahlon Romeo|
|30 Michael Symes||38 Harry Grant|
|29 Billy Kee||17 Adam Birchall|
|16 Dean Lyness||Stuart Nelson 1|
|2 Andrew Corbett||Josh Hare 34|
|4 Nathan Stanton||Jake Hessenthaler 30|
|15 Matthew Palmer||Kane Haysman 39|
|10 Calvin Makongo Zola||Nathan Nyafli 36|
|26 Alexander MacDonald||Danny Kedwell 9|
|18 Matthew Paterson||Devante McKain 35|
|Calvin Makongo Zola for Billy Kee (61)||Kane Haysman for Bradley Dack (26)|
|Matthew Palmer for Lee Fowler (68)||Nathan Nyafli for Kane Haysman (64)|
|Andrew Corbett for Jimmy Phillips (80)||Devante McKain for Harry Grant (70)|
|· Squads: Burton Albion | Gillingham|