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Classic encounters: Burton Albion

2 November 2020

Match Previews

Classic encounters: Burton Albion

2 November 2020

Re-live classic encounters between Shrewsbury Town and Burton Albion.

Town are back home in midweek as they welcome the Brewers to the Montgomery Waters Meadow. Take a look back at previous meetings between the two sides in preparation for the League One clash.

League Two, Prostar Stadium, Saturday 8 August 2009: Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Burton Albion

Opening day delight for Salop as they continue to try and go one step further than last year’s play-off final.

Paul Simpson’s Shrewsbury side welcomed Burton to the Prostar Stadium with a 3-1 thumping to give the Brewers a harsh taste of life back in the football league.

After just 10 minutes, Shrewsbury broke the deadlock through attacking midfielder, Jake Robinson, who managed to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle, beating new Brewers ‘keeper, Shane Redmond, all ends up.

It was the home side who came out into the second-half looking the most likely to score. Late call-up, Dave Hibbert, made the Shrew’s relentless press pay off in the 49th minute by finishing neatly to give them a 2-0 lead.

The Brewers did however get themselves a foothold back into the game when substitute Greg Pearson was able to get them off the mark in the league season as he latched onto a deep cross and guided his header back across the Shrewsbury goal and made it 2-1.

Pearson came close again in the 80th minute but was denied by the crossbar. Moments later, Joss Labadie was able to put the game to bed with his 30-yard free-kick beating Redmond and ending a positive day for the Shrews who are looking like a side with eyes set on another trip to Wembley, this time with the outcome more successful.

Town: Neal, Holden, Coughlan, Disley, Murray, Labadie, McIntyre, Langmead, Hibbert (Simpson 57), Robinson (Riza 83), Elder (Gray 89).

Subs: Arestidou, Hooman, Cansdell-Sherriff, Dunfield, Simpson, Riza, Gray.

Brewers: Redmond, Boertien, Austin, Branston, Edworthy, McGrath, Shroot (Pearson 57), Phillips (Stride 80), Maghoma, Walker, Penn.

Subs: Poole, James, Simpson, Stride, Knowles, Corbett, Pearson.

Attendance: 6,438

League Two, Greenhous Meadow, Saturday, 29 November 2014: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Burton Albion

A late goal from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro settled a tense clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Burton Albion. The striker hadn’t scored since his hat-trick at the Greenhous Meadow against Bury a month ago, but he was on hand to convert James Collins’ pass after an unfortunate slip by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

It had been an encouraging start to the game for a Shrewsbury team still wounded from last week’s bitter experience, after a poor second-half display ultimately brought to an end an impressive six game-winning sequence.

Midway through the first half and with Shrews having the bulk of the game, Passley again did well down the right to fashion another opening, this time for left wing-back Mickey Demetriou. But the ball fell to his weaker right foot and he couldn’t keep his shot down. Moments later Collins tested McLaughlin again with a fierce drive from 20 yards but the keeper beat the shot away.

Town forced an early corner at the resumption and Akpa Akpro saw a piledriver headed away by an Albion defender. The home supporters rose in unison a couple of minutes later to applaud McLaughlin’s save from a superb Grant shot from distance, with Salop again carrying the most menace.

Another brilliant Passley cross just eluded the climbing figure of Akpa Akpro who was just beaten to the ball by a Brewers defender. The youngster had seen far less of the ball during the second 45 but the precision of his crosses had gone up several notches.

With eight minutes to go Town managed to open the scoring. They did well to press Burton in their defensive third and inevitably the mistake came. Collins pounced in an instant as his former colleague Cansdell-Sherriff slipped, and he strode forward a few paces before cutting the ball back for Akpa Akpro.

The Frenchman killed the ball dead and converted from close range to send the fans, the players and the Shrews bench into raptures. For all the world it had looked like stalemate was going to be the order of the day, but Town’s industry and belief had finally paid off.

Town: Jayson Leutwiler, Jermaine Grandison, Mickey Demetriou, Connor Goldson (c), Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Josh Passley, James Wesolowski, James Collins, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Ryan Woods, Bobby Grant (Andy Mangan, 63).

Subs not used: Mark Halstead, Scott Vernon, Anthony Griffith, Ashley Vincent, Jordan Clark, Mark Ellis.

Burton Albion: Jon McLaughlin, Phil Edwards, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, John Mousinho (c), George Taft, Robbie Weir, Stuart Beavon, Alex MacDonald (Bryn Morris, 74), Damien McCrory, Adam McGuirk (Jacob Blyth, 87), Matty Palmer (Kelvin Maynard, 84).

Subs not used: Dominic Knowles, Liam Slade, Marcus Harness, Remi Matthews.

Attendance: 5,170

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