Burton Albion vs York City


Those of you hoping to catch a glimpse of the nights action between Burton and York may be slightly disappointed to hear that my camera decided to ‘not work’ on the night (casually glazing over the fact that I may have forgotten to charge it – oops). So my most profuse apologies on that one.

We’re well into September, the jumpers are beginning to come out and the weather is turning cold as winter approaches. Personally this is my favourite time of the year for football and under the floodlights at the Pirelli stadium on tuesday night Albion faced League two new-boy’s York who have had a tough start to life as a football league club after an eight-year absence.

The Brewer’s are flying at the moment under new gaffer Gary Rowett with two wins out of two with the test here being to keep the run going. Burton began with Matt Paterson partnering Calvin Zola in attack with Stuart Tomlinson, signed from Port Vale, in goal for the third straight game since joining the club. York began with former Leicester player Ashley Chamber’s starting up front with possibly the world’s largest goalkeeper between the sticks.

The game began at a decent pace with the away side forcing the early opening spurred on by a decent turn out from the city supporters. Early pressure on Albion’s defence soon payed off as Patrick Mcloughlin fired past Tomlinson from a tight angle as Burton failed to clear, 1-0 to the visitors.

The match became scrappy with both sides opting for the route one approach in an attempt to get in behind the back four. Albion pressed on and soon after got their reward. Lee Bell cutting in from the left onto his right foot and a cruel deflection took it up and over giant haystacks in goal and brought The Brewer’s level.

The worlds most intelligent footballer, countdown wizard and PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle was helped off with an ankle injury and soon after half time the hole left by Carlisle was exploited, Calvin Zola capitalising on a fumble by the York ‘keeper to tap in his third of the season. Matt Paterson’s all-action display of non-stop running was soon rewarded after Zola’s strike with the York stopper lobbed for the second time in the game as Paterson made the most of a one-on-one to seal the game for Burton.

In truth it was hardly a memorable game but four goals and a Burton win can’t be bad. If the team can play average and still win comfortably then that’s a sure sign of a good side. Gary Rowett certainly is finding his feet in the job and Burton look a dangerous side. York showed glimpses of what they can do but it looks like it could be a long hard season for The Minstermen.