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REPORT: Burton Albion 2-4 Barnsley

31 October 2017

The Reds get back to winning ways as they hit a fantastic four on Halloween in Burton.

Reds Head Coach, Paul Heckingbottom made four changes to his side for tonight's fixture, with Brad Potts, Zeki Fryers, Ike Ugbo and Lloyd Isgrove starting. 

It was back to the 4-3-3 system that the Reds have fared better in so far this season and tonight was more of the same..

Goals from Isgrove, Potts, Joe Williams and Harvey Barnes saw the Reds romp home to another away win, as the Reds extended their unbeaten away record to three games, with seven points from nine on the road.

The match began in a scrappy manner, with neither side creating an opportunity of note, but on 21 minutes the Reds struck and it was the returning Isgrove who made his mark..

Some great spade-work from Potts in midfield who then found the run of the advancing Welsh winger, and Isgrove proceeded to dance between defenders before lashing his finish high into the top left-hand corner of Conor Ripley's goal. 

Our hosts responded in great fashion with Lucas Akins testing Adam Davies before he then saw an effort blocked superbly by Andy Yiadom inside the box.

However, the goal soon arrived, and it was a terrific one from Albion. 

Matty Lund met a wonderful pacey cross from the right from Jake Buxton to thunder home the equaliser. 

Barnsley were soon back ahead though..

Ugbo beat his man in the air on halfway then advanced in on goal before seeing his rifled effort blocked by Ripley, only for Potts to follow it up and slot home for 2-1. 

But the lead again was cancelled out in the third minute of first half injury time as Lloyd Dyer smashed home inside the near post. 

HALF TIME: Burton 2-2 Barnsley

It was again a scrappy opening to the half and we had to wait until a number of substitutions before the game sprang back into life. 

George Moncur and Tom Bradshaw came on for Cameron McGeehan and Ike Ugbo on 67 minutes, and the game changed in our favour.

In the 74th minute Barnsley went back ahead for the third time, and in some style..

Williams picked up on a loose ball about 35 yards from goal before unleashing an unstoppable half-volley that flew into the top right-hand corner! The celebrations were just as epic.

And the Reds weren't finished as Barnes scored his second goal in two games, his fourth of the campaign with a powerful effort inside the box to seal a superb victory, the Reds' first at the home of the Brewers.

FULL TIME: Burton 2-4 Barnsley

Reds: Davies (GK); Yiadom, MacDonald, Lindsay, Fryers; Williams, McGeehan (Moncur '67), Potts; Isgrove, Ugbo (Bradshaw '67), Barnes. 

Subs not used: Walton (GK), Pearson, Bird, Thiam, Hammill.


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