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Burton Paper Review

7 March 2016

What the press made of the draw with the league leaders

The Chronicle
Crewe Alex took a hard-earned point from League One leaders Burton Albion on Saturday.
The Railwaymen hit the front through striker Marcus Haber but it was cancelled out by Lucas Atkins before the break.
The second-half was dominated by the visitors but, despite all their possession, keeper Ben Garratt was largely untroubled as a low-quality affair petered out.
The point will do little for the Alex's hopes of avoiding the drop but will at least keep confidence intact after their second draw of the season against the Brewers.
The Railwaymen made a decent start and took the lead on 14 minutes when Oliver Turton – captain for the day - played Zoumana Bakayogo into space and his delivery was deflected onto Haber and into the back of the net.
Crewe stayed on top and were the better side, but Burton levelled on 35 minutes when Atkins was allowed to receive the ball to feet in the box and his shot on the turn slipped under keeper Ben Garratt.
As the weather got worse so did the play in the second half, but it was all one-way traffic. The Alex defended competently but could not get forward to search for the winner they desperately needed.

The Sentinel
CREWE made it seven draws in their last 10 matches as they drew 1-1 with league leaders Burton Albion at Gresty Road.
Marcus Haber put Crewe in front in the 15th minute, a lead that lasted 20 minutes before Lucas Akins fired low under Ben Garratt to level.
While the Alex shaded the opening period, Burton were the stronger after the break, but neither ever really threatened to get all three points in a game that was short of chances in difficult conditions.
The closest Crewe came to winning the game was a left-foot volley from Charlie Kirk which went just wide, while there was concern in the 83rd minute as Jon Guthrie was stretchered off after taking a boot to the face.
That stoppage led  to 11 minutes of added on time, but that still couldn't create any clear-cut openings for either side.

Burton Mail
BURTON Albion missed the chance to go six points clear at the top of League One as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Crewe Alexandra.
However, with Wigan and Gillingham drawing, plus Walsall losing, Albion remained four points clear at the top of League One but extended their gap over the play-offs to nine points.
It was a gift for the hosts. Damien McCrory's lazy pass forward was easily cut out and Crewe came forward, building well from right-to-left.
The ball was worked to Zoumama Bakayogo on the right, and his cross met Shane Cansdell-Sheriff, but the defender's clearance cannoned off John Mousinho, onto HABER and into the net.
Akins would get the equaliser with 10 minutes of the first half to play. Taking Duffy's right-wing cross, after some neat skill from the on-loan Birmingham City man, Akins tried to backheel the ball in but miscued it.
With his back to goal, the 27-year-old turned and drove it in low, underneath the unsighted Ben Garratt, and in for his second goal of the week.

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