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Match Previews

Match Preview - Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers

1 March 2021

All the need-to-know info ahead of Tuesday's encounter...

Rovers head on the road to continue their busy league schedule at Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

The Gas will be lifted by an impressive display that secured three points at home over Shrewsbury on the weekend just gone, with the maximum points tally helping Rovers open up a two-point gap on the teams inside the bottom four.

Luke Leahy continued his fine form in front of goal in the win over the Shrews, as the stand-in skipper slotted home from Alex Rodman’s deadly low cross into the area. Brandon Hanlan added a second goal for Rovers in the second half, which was what the performance of Barton’s side merited, but there were nervous moments in stoppage time when the away side pulled a goal back through Daniel Udoh.

Rovers endured late pressure from the visitors, with substitute goalkeeper Jordi van Stappershoef making a crucial save in the 7th minute of stoppage time to seal the win.

Attention now turns to two away games this week, starting off with Tuesday’s midweek journey to Burton Albion.

Just two points and two places separate the two sides ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Manager Preview

The Gaffer caught up with us on Monday night to discuss his approach to his side's midweek tie, after a superb performance secured all three points for his team. Click through to the Twitter thread to read all his pre-match views.


Player Preview

Alex Rodman chatted to the local press on Zoom on Monday afternoon. The winger produced an impressive display against his former team on the weekend and spoke about the uplift in morale generated from the arrival of the new Manager and the three-point haul over Shrewsbury.

Catch the interview below…

Form Guide

Burton favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has lead a turnaround in form for the Brewers since he re-joined the club as Manager back in January. Recent wins over the likes of Hull and Charlton have helped Burton keep within range of the teams on the cusp of the relegation places, after being rooted to the foot of the table before his appointment.

Burton have won five out of their last ten outings, recording back-to-back wins against Hull and Northampton and both Charlton and Rochdale.

Kane Hemmings now has 9 goals to his name this season, while midfielder Joe Powell has five assists this campaign.



EFL sponsors Sky Bet have Rovers priced at 19/10 to get the three points on offer tomorrow night. The 1-0 scoreline in the Gas’ favour is offered at 8/1, while a 2-1 scoreline for a Rovers win is listed at 9/1. Brandon Hanlan is priced at 5/1 to open the scoring and can be backed at 15/8 to be on the scoresheet at any time during the encounter.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE.

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Last Encounter

The sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Mem earlier in the season. A slack defensive header from Neal Eardley was pounced on by James Daly, as the striker raced through to put Rovers ahead in the 52nd minute. Burton pulled back level in the closing stages, as Kane Hemmings’ first Burton goal ensured the points were shared.


Referee Watch

Charles Breakspear is the man in charge of Tuesday’s game. Breakspear has officiated 23 games this term, giving out 89 yellow cards and 5 red cards. He was in charge of the meeting between the two sides at the Mem back in October, where he gave out 4 yellow cards. During the 2019/20 season, Breakspear was in charge of two Rovers fixtures, our wins at home against both Oxford United and Sunderland.


Around the Grounds

There’s plenty of midweek action in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday. Notable fixtures for Rovers will be Swindon’s trip to Sunderland and Rochdale away encounter at Hull City. Shrewsbury host AFC Wimbledon. Wigan play host to Charlton, while Northampton welcome play-off chasing Plymouth Argyle. League leaders Peterborough are away at Oxford, while Lincoln City host Fleetwood Town.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Burton Albion 1-0 Bristol Rovers

2 March 2021

Burton take the win over the Gas after Luke McCormick sees red in the second half.

A promising first half from the Gas created a number of openings with Hanlan, Nicholson and Westbrooke going close in the opening period while Rovers remained resolute at the back.

Early in the second half though, a red card to Luke McCormick for kicking the ball away flipped the game on its head, with Burton quickly utilising the man advantage as Jonny Smith struck a defining strike on the edge of the box past the diving Jordi Van Stappershoef.

Joey Barton announced one change to his side in Monday's pre-match press conference, with the Gaffer confirming Joe Day's absence would see Jordi Van Stappershoef start in goal. It would be the only change to the former midfielder's selection, with the only further swap being Max Ehmer's return to the squad in place of Cameron Hargreaves.

Barton referenced the danger Burton are known to create from set-pieces under Hasselbaink, in his pre-match press conference on Monday evening. Michael Bostwick would send warning signs to the Gas within 2 minutes, as he rose highest to meet a long throw from the right flank. He diverted it well wide though but served as a warning for Barton's men.

Decisions weren't going the Gas' way in the early stages, with a few contentious fouls and thrown-ins going to the home side, but the biggest moment of controversy came on the 10th minute as Hanlan hounded defenders to retrieve the ball deep in Burton territory. He cut inside into the area before going down under a challenge, seemingly shielding the ball well before being nudged down. He looked up to the ref' while on the deck but saw him wave away the appeals.

With Rovers progressing into the game, sustained pressure soon began to come for the visitors, but Josh Grant had to track superbly to cut out a dangerous break from the Brewers after they won it and broke from their own area. Grant was alert to the runners though, superbly anticipating the pass and cutting out what would've surely set Burton through.

On the quarter-hour mark a low through ball was left by Brandon Hanlan to feed through Nicholson on goal. Pulling the ball out from underneath him, he looked up to see Garratt running out well, able to close the angle and make a stop from Nicholson's low effort.

Moments later, Hanlan managed to round his man with pure pace and surge into the area from the angle. As he wound up to strike though, he saw an emerging Burton defender stretch a leg and bobble the effort back away from the goal.

Rodman secured a smart assist to finish a great move on Saturday and almost played a crucial part in an opener tonight after he drilled a cross in from the right to Hanlan. It ricocheted between a few players, before Hanlan managed to poke the ball out to Westbrooke. The ex-Coventry man had to hook it out from under himself around 12 yards out but scooped it too high over the crossbar.

A deep free-kick then picked out Rodman at the back stick, looping over a number of onrushing players it perhaps caught the bandaged winger by surprise as he looked to divert back across goal. His contact was weak, trickling through to Garratt in the end.

Rodman would then deliver again on the 26th minute, looping high over the 6-yard area to Luke Leahy arriving late. Westbrooke motioned towards the ball too, with a Burton defender tracking him well. In the end, it would find Leahy who laced a venomous volley goalwards, but as it flew towards Garratt's net, a deflection came in from the defender marking Westbrooke, who was unaware of the block he just made to stop a certain goal.

With just over 5 minutes to go in the first period, Westbrooke squared a free-kick out to McCormick around 25 yards out, with the Chelsea-loanee striking first time between a crowd of onrushing Burton players. He struck hard, but the effort swerved well-clear of Garratt's goal.

In a moment of massive controversy, Luke McCormick received a second yellow card just minutes into the second half, with the referee not taking kindly to the loanee stubbing the ball further up the touchline, and given his marching orders.

To compile the misery, Jonny Smith took the advantage with the extra man, curling a superb strike from the edge of the box into the left corner of the net, past Van Stappershoef.

The game stagnanted largely from that point, with the next chance coming with just 15 minutes to go, as a ball was flicked into the Gas' area towards Hemmings at the back post. With the goal at his mercy, he got the application of his header all wrong, seeing the ball skim off his head and go well wide.

Tom Hamer would then take aim with a low curling effort towards JvS' goal, down towards the right corner of the box. The Dutchman was alert to the strike though, getting down low well to tip it away.

Powell would pull back to Hemmings inside the 6-yard area to create a clear-cut chance for the Burton number 9, but as he hit one goalwards, Luke Leahy slid in to take the ball away from the forward to clear the danger.

Try as they might to fight their way back into the game, Rovers couldn't force an opening while a man down and fell to defeat in Burton.

Burton Albion: Ben Garratt, John Brayford ©, Ryan Edwards, Michael Bostwick, Lucas Akins (Kane Hemmings '69), Jonny Smith, Hayden Carter, Sean Clare, Mike Fondop (Joe Powell '34), Tom Hamer, Michael Mancienne (Terry Taylor '69).

Subs: Kieran O’Hara, Joe Powell, Kane Hemmings, Josh Earl, Ryan Broom, Terry Taylor, Danny Rowe.

Rovers: Jordi van Stappershoef (G), George Williams (Ali Koiki '88), Alfie Kilgour, Cian Harries (Max Ehmer '88), Luke Leahy, Alex Rodman, Josh Grant, Luke McCormick, Zain Westbrooke, Sam Nicholson (James Daly '79), Brandon Hanlan (Jonah Ayunga '79).

Subs: Liam Armstrong, Jack Baldwin, Ali Koiki, Max Ehmer, Ed Upson, James Daly, Jonah Ayunga.

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