Sunday, December 29, 2013
Burton Albion 1 Northampton Town 0
Well, I sank a brewery load on Christmas Day and talked a load of cobblers, so going to watch the Brewers v the Cobblers on Boxing Day was the natural choice.
I hadn't been to the Pirelli for a while, so I was looking forward to the trip and the game was well worth the visit. The Brewers are currently in the top 4 of League 2 while Northampton are languishing near the foot of the league. Last season both clubs made it to the play-offs and whereas the Brewers have taken off from where they finished last season the Cobblers have struggled. They sacked Aidy Boothroyd just before Christmas, so Burton were always favourites going into this game.
Neither of the teams started all that well, but it was clear that Northampton were going to sit back and hope to hit their opponents on the break, but at least they seemed to have ditched the hoof up the pitch that they were famous for last season - which actually might have encountered for their undoing. Hussey, Kee and McGurk all came close for the Brewers in the first half and Jimmy Phillips was attacking them down the wing with the support of Phil Edwards. When Northampton attacked Ian Sharps seemed to block them from worrying the goalkeeper too much. However, at the break it was still 0-0 and the Brewers could feel aggrieved not to have gone in with the lead.
The second half saw more of the same from the Brewers and Phillips continued to hassle the Northampton defence, but the shooting was a little wayward. Burton had more than 20 shots during the game, but Matt Duke in the Northampton goal wasn't especially bothered and towards the end it looked like the Brewers might pay for their finishing when Northampton had a couple of break away attacks. However, we didn't need to worry as Sharps with just 4 minutes remaining thundered a header into the back of the net to give the Brewers a much deserved win.