August 17, 2013
Brewers edge five-goal thriller
Fleetwood's second-half fightback was not enough as unbeaten Burton's first-half goal glut proved crucial in a 3-2 victory.
Town had the chance to grab an early lead when Ryan Crowther headed over from six yards. And they were made to pay at the other end just 12 minutes in.
Chris Hussey swung in a teasing ball from the left, Adam McGurk's spectacular overhead kick attempt distracted the Town defence just long enough for Rene Howe to sneak in atthe back post and fire the Brewers ahead.
Burton were making the better of the sodden conditions at Highbury and doubled their advantage when Hussey's low corner skidded across the Fleetwood box, McGurk applying the final touch.
It became three-nil before the break, some poor defending from Fleetwood allowing Howe the space to flick the ball on, Hussey firing in off a post.
Fleetwood looked sunk, but two goals in eight second-half minutes gave them hope.
Substitute Gareth Evans set up the first, driving down the left before his pass picked out a determined Jeff Hughes, who kept his feet and his head to fire through a crowded box.
When Antoni Sarcevic bulldozed his way to the byline to set up Jamille Matt for his first of the campaign an unlikely comeback appeared on the cards.
But Fleetwood could not find a way through, Burton hanging on to take the honours as Junior Brown's last-ditch free-kick flew wide.
|Fleetwood Town||Burton Albion|
|1 Scott Davies||16 Dean Lyness|
|25 Stephen Jordan||6 Ian Sharps|
|5 Mark Roberts||4 Rory Delap|
|16 Ryan Cresswell||21 Marcus Holness|
|14 Liam Hogan||14 Damien McCrory|
|8 Steven Schumacher||7 Lee Bell|
|11 Jeff Hughes||11 Alexander MacDonald|
|18 Antoni Sarcevic||8 Robbie Weir|
|24 Ryan Crowther||3 Chris Hussey|
|12 Junior Brown||9 Rene Howe|
|23 David Ball||20 Adam McGurk|
|33 David Lucas||Mac Morch 13|
|3 Dean Howell||Phil Edwards 2|
|6 Nathan Pond||Adam Reed 10|
|4 Stuart Murdoch||Jack Dyer 22|
|15 Conor McLaughlin||Matthew Palmer 23|
|7 Gareth Evans||Michael Symes 28|
|10 Jamille Matt||Dominic Knowles 18|
|Jamille Matt for Steven Schumacher (57)||Adam Reed for Alexander MacDonald (68)|
|Gareth Evans for Ryan Crowther (57)||Phil Edwards for Adam McGurk (77)|
|Nathan Pond for Ryan Cresswell (90)||Dominic Knowles for Rene Howe (85)|
|Liam Hogan (87)||Dean Lyness (87)|
|· Squads: Fleetwood Town | Burton Albion|