Report: Burton Albion 0-0 Bristol City
Saturday, March 10th 2018
City and Burton Albion played out their third consecutive goalless draw as neither side were able to find a moment of magic to secure the important three points.
Frank Fielding produced two fantastic close-range saves just moments apart at the Pirelli Stadium as the first half drew to a close, while Milan Djuric came off the bench to make his first City appearance for three months.
Eros Pisano, Lloyd Kelly and Nathan Baker were all handed starts, with Aden Flint and Joe Bryan serving the first games of their respective suspensions. Hordur Magnusson went on to be a second-half substitute.
BURTON THE BRIGHTER
The game started with tempo and it was the hosts who settled quickest, with the experienced Darren Bent guiding a header straight into the hands of Fielding.
And it soon became a scrappy affair with the Brewers pressing well in the initial stages; they were penning City inside their own half and created danger when Damien McRory’s cross was whipped in from the left towards Bent once more. The striker went to ground as he challenged for the high ball but the officials dismissed the penalty appeals.
PATERSON LEADS ATTACKS
City finally mustered their first genuine attack of the game but Paterson’s looping cross was headed away by the well-positioned Brewers skipper Kyle McFadzean.
But the away side were warming into this game and it was Paterson again with the threat. He darted goalwards with Kelly acting as an overlapping decoy but Paterson’s shot after cutting inside sailed off target.
Luke Murphy struck a fizzing effort just wide of goal before Liam Boyce headed over the bar shortly after.
Brewers keeper Stephen Byster suffered a scare when Marlon Pack charged down his clearance but the ball wouldn’t drop quick enough after ricocheting off the midfielder and back towards the open goal.
But it was the home side who ended the first half on top, with Fielding producing the heroics to see the score even.
Hope Akpan was released in the area but his shot was blocked by the chest of the City keeper, all before McFadzean’s drilled effort took a late deflection in the area before landing straight into the grateful hands of Fielding. Lloyd Dyer, an early Brewers substitute after Lucas Akins suffered an off-the-ball injury, picked out Marvin Sordell just moments later, but City captain Wright timed his block to perfection.
Baker, a doubt for this match earlier in the week, was replaced by Magnusson at half-time and City knew they would have to dig deeper if they were to grab a much-needed win in Staffordshire.
But it was Albion who again came closest to scoring first after kick-off. Sordell latched on to a deep cross but he could only send a curling effort wide as he aimed towards the top left corner.
CITY ON THE OFFENSIVE
Diédhiou would soon be replaced in a double change for City, but he did have time to guide a header on target, with Bywater positioned at his near post to make the save, before stabbing a stretched effort over the bar.
The Senegal attacker was joined by Paterson in City’s final two substitutions, as Johnson brought Lois Diony and Milan Djuric into the game and the changes gave the visitors a new dimension.
They still had their fair share of defending to do too, Bosnian international Djuric was at the centre of a handful of headed clearances and Fielding could only watch on as Tom Flanagan curled an effort wide from the edge off the penalty area.
Brownhill had one last chance after he picked the ball up in stoppage time but his fierce shot was straight into the hands of Bywater.