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Greenhous Meadow (ATT 6,438) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Town vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

Shrewsbury 3

J Robinson (10)
D Hibbert (49)
J Labadie (83)

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Burton Alb 1

G Pearson (62)

Brewers beaten on league bow

Pearson strike only consolation for new-boys

Last Updated: 08/08/09 7:16pm

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Pearson: Pulled a goal back

Pearson: Pulled a goal back

Burton began life in the Football League with a 3-1 defeat at last year's play-off finalists Shrewsbury on the first Saturday of the season.

The Brewers impressed on their Football League debut but new goalkeeper Shane Redmond should have prevented Shrewsbury's first and third goals.

Jake Robinson, one of 15 debutants on the field, needed only 10 minutes to beat the former Nottingham Forest and Republic of Ireland under-21 keeper from a very tight angle.

Joss Labadie, on loan from West Brom, and Dean Holden, a summer signing from Falkirk, carved the opening and were both outstanding.

Burton finished the half strongly but went two down after 49 minutes when Dave Hibbert, out of favour last season and a surprise starter for the Town, headed in Kevin McIntyre's centre.

Greg Pearson, Albion's top scorer last season, came on as a sub after 57 minutes and only five minutes later pulled one back with a fierce shot from 12 yards and then hit the crossbar a minute later.

But eight minutes from time Guy Branston's foul on Nathan Elder earned a yellow card and Labadie's resultant 30-yard free-kick squirmed past Redmond, who redeemed himself twice in injury time with good saves from Paul Murray.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39

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