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Preview: The Imps V Burton Albion

6 March 2020

The Imps are back at home this weekend after an extended two week break away from Skybet League One as we host Burton Albion at LNER Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

City fans can keep up with the game LIVE on WeAreImps iFollow with all the action being streamed internationally, with commentary coming from BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport’s team of Michael Hortin and Steve Thompson – Domestically based Imps can keep up to date with the game by purchasing an audio match pass - For details click HERE.

Recent Form

Nigel Clough’s side are currently 12th in the Sky Bet League One table after picking up 4 points from their last two games. Their most recent three points came against Southend United on Saturday 22 February with Lucas Akins, Ryan Edwards and Jamie Murphy scoring the goals for Burton.

Burton currently have the 4th best away record in Sky Bet League One and the away side have not lost a game since the middle of February, when they were defeated 4-1 at Portman Road by Ipswich Town.

In their most recent fixture John Brayford was on the scoresheet, grabbing his second goal of the season when Peterborough visited the Pirelli Stadium at the end of February.

Last 5 League Games: DWLDD

Manager’s Comments     

Following his return to Burton in 2015, Nigel Clough quickly guided Burton to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. Burton finished second in Sky Bet League One during the 2015/16 season, only six months after Clough’s arrival, securing themselves automatic promotion.

The 53-year-old first arrived at Burton in 1998 as a player-coach where he remained until 2009, following his official retirement as a player in 2008.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game Clough is targeting the three points and believes his team are more than capable of winning at LNER Stadium

“It’s away from home where we have continued to create chances and score goals. It would be nice to get another goal and three points. We need a clean sheet as well, as that’s been our downfall.

“You look at the teams that succeed and you see how many 1-0s they have, and we haven’t had enough of those.”

The Burton boss continued by speaking about City’s form throughout the season:

“They have been a bit inconsistent, but they were very good when they played us and gained a lot of confidence from an early goal. They are where they are for a reason, but they are also more than capable of putting on a performance.

“They have a big enough squad and when the crowd gets behind them, they are one of those clubs primed to get to the next level when they get everything sorted.”

One to watch

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Lucas Akins

Burton’s top scorer of the season, Lucas Akins has contributed 10 goals and five assists to Burton’s 46 goals, being a key part of the team and attacking front. The number 10 has been supporters’ and players’ player of the year for back-to-back seasons since 2017-18. Whilst at Stevenage he became the club’s top goal scorer with 10 goals during the 2012/13 season. Since joining from Stevenage in the summer of 2014 Akins has made 211 leagues appearances for Burton and has scored a total of 53 goals. He quickly made an impact at the club not long after signing, scoring in his third appearance for the club.

WeAreImps iFollow

City fans can keep up with the game LIVE on WeAreImps iFollow with all the action being streamed internationally, with commentary coming from BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport’s team of Michael Hortin and Steve Thompson – For details click HERE.

Domestic based Imps will be able to stream the commentary through WeAreImps iFollow, for details click HERE.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: The Imps vs Burton Albion

7 March 2020

The Imps picked up three points at LNER Stadium as they faced Burton Albion in SkyBet League One Action! Tom Hopper was on form bagging a first half brace before Anthony Scully added a third in the second half. Josh Vickers was the hero late in the day though stopping a penalty from Lucas Atkins.

The Teams:

The Imps starting line-up saw three changes to the side that faced Gillingham a fortnight ago. Tayo Edun missed out on suspension with Max Melbourne coming back into the side following a time sidelined with injury.

Alan Sheehan made his debut for City replacing Cian Bolger who made the bench for Michael Appleton’s side.  Joe Morrell also returned to the line-up following time out suspended with Jake Hesketh featuring on the Imps bench.

The Imps:

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Burton Albion: Garratt (GK), Brayford, Edwards, Buxton, Quinn, Akins, Hutchinson, Sarkic, O’Toole, Powell, Murphy

Subs: Hawkins (GK), Daniel, Wallace, Fraser, Sbara, Thomas

KICK-OFF

The visiting side were the first off the mark as Joe Powell broke the deadlock after just six minutes. Jamie Murphy created the goal passing to the Burton forward who took a touch before driving his shot under Josh Vickers in the Lincoln goal.

City had to defend again moments later when Stephen Quinn played a ball wide to Murphy, who produced a cross into the box which turned towards goal before being blocked by Eardley.

Alan Sheehan was called into action for the Imps when Murphy looked tricky in at the front post. The City debutant dealt with the situation well beating his man to knock the ball out for a corner which came to nothing for the visiting side.

Jorge Grant was the man who created the Imps’ first shooting opportunity, winning the ball out wide before bringing it into the edge of the box where he found Joe Morrell, however, the Welsh international wasn’t able to produce a clean shot, putting his effort high and wide.

Lincoln won a free-kick moments letter on the edge of the box which Grant stood over. He hit it well, but the wall did their job to block it, forcing the ball out for a corner. Sheehan was waiting at the back post for the delivery however, the defender wasn’t able to time his run with the ball going out for a goal kick.

It was TOM HOPPER who equalised for Lincoln just after the 20th-minute mark as he tapped home at the back post with Anthony Scully getting the assist as he played the ball cleverly across goal.

Scully nearly found the net himself minutes later when he picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch, running forward with no defensive effort made by Burton. The Irish youngster then unleashed a driven shot which bounced just wide of the left post.

Lincoln looked like they had grown into the game creating more attacking opportunities as the game went on. This time it was Morrell who won a free-kick on the left-hand side of the box allowing Grant to fire one in forcing the Burton defence to clear as they came under pressure again.

Grant and Morrell continued to chase forward for the Imps, making the visiting team produce fouls on Lincoln’s men. Morrell was clattered by Powell just in front of the home dugout, giving the Imps possession.

However, from an attacking view Powell was on form, knocking the ball in from close range as Reece Hutchinson was able to fire a cross in after being found by Lucas Akins who played the switch.

HOPPER followed the trend, bagging his second of the game just like Burton’s Powell had done less than ten minutes before. Scully delivered the ball in from the right after receiving it from fellow countryman Conor Coventry. Grant was waiting at the back post where he was able to get up and play it across goal for Hopper to smash home, levelling the scores.

The fourth official indicated that there would be two minutes added time as both sides looked to take the lead. Hopper forced Burton goalkeeper Ben Garratt into a clearance when the striker closed him down in a difficult situation.

HALF-TIME: THE IMPS 2 BURTON ALBION 2

Vickers was forced to make a save in the opening stages of the second half when Powell fired in a dangerous free-kick which curled towards the near post, where Murphy was waiting to flick his effort towards goal. The Imps goalkeeper was in action against moments later producing another fine stop to keep the scores level.

Coventry was called into making a last-minute dive in front of the ball as Burton broke forward leaving Sheehan down injured in the visitor’s half. With the game firing up the referee made his first booking of the day with Michael Bostwick receiving a yellow card, John Joe O’Toole was also booked.

The Imps were soon to take the lead with Morrell banging an impressive strike towards Garrett. Neal Eardley produced the cross which allowed the Imps midfielder to hit it on the volley, before the effort came off Scully, with the Irishman claiming his second goal of the season.

The first changes of the game came with less than 20 minutes left when Burton brought Scott Fraser and Colin Daniel on for Reece Hutchinson and Ryan Edwards. Moments later Jake Buxton found himself in the referee’s book for a foul on Hooper.

It looked like Morrell had added a fourth for the Imps, the midfielder saw his shot go just over the crossbar following a great pass from Hopper who skipped past the Burton defence.

Burton had a throw deep in the City half which found Powell who saw his initial cross blocked, a second cross came in and a penalty was awarded to the visitors.

Akins stood up to take the spot-kick which was saved superbly by Vickers in the City goal. Burton kept coming at the Imps but it was Max Melbourne who was the hero for the Imps producing an on the line block to keep Lincoln ahead.

Burton made their final change of the game when Joe Sbarra came on for the booked Buxton. Lincoln followed making their first change of the game a minute before the 90 was up as Harry Anderson replaced Grant in the City midfield.

FULL-TIME: THE IMPS 3 BURTON ALBION 2

The Imps

1          Josh VICKERS

2          Liam BRIDCUTT

11        Tom HOPPER

16        Michael BOSTWICK

17        Anthony SCULLY

18        Jorge GRANT

19       Joe MORRELL

20       Conor COVENTRY

23        Neal EARDLEY

24       Max MELBOURNE

44     Alan SHEEHAN

Substitutes

30     Charlie ANDREW

6       Cian BOLGER

12     Ellis CHAPMAN

22     Aaron LEWIS

25     Zack ELBOUZEDI

26     Harry ANDERSON (89' Jorge GRANT)

28     Jake HESKETH

Goals: 21’, 39’ Tom HOPPER, 62' Anthony SCULLY

Booked: 61’ Michael BOSTWICK

 

Burton Albion

24     Ben GARRATT

2       John BRAYFORD

4       Ryan EDWARDS

5       Jake BUXTON

7       Stephen QUINN

10     Lucas AKINS

15     Reece HUTCHINSON

17     Oliver SARKIC

21     John Joe O’TOOLE

23     Joe POWELL

29     Jamie MURPHY

Substitutes

20     Callum Hawkins

3       Colin DANIEL (71’ Reece HUTCHINSON)

6       Kieran WALLACE

8       Scott FRASER (71’ Ryan EDWARDS)

14     Joe SBARA (82' Jake BUXTON)

27     Kwame THOMAS

Goals: 6’, 30’ Joe POWELL

Booked: 61’ John Joe O’TOOLE, 75' Jake BUXTON

 

Referee: Scott OLDHAM

Assistants: Geoffrey LIDDLE & Bhupinder GILL

4th Official: Gareth MELLOR

Attendance: 8,474 (543 Burton Fans)

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