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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 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12

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