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Pirelli Stadium (ATT 4,321) 7th August 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Pawson

Burton Alb Burton Albion vs Oxford United Oxford Utd

Brewers battle for point

Last Updated: 07/08/10 6:34pm

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Boertien (right) and Heslop: Battle for the ball

Boertien (right) and Heslop: Battle for the ball

Oxford's return to the Football League after a four-year absence saw them take a hard-earned point in a 0-0 draw at Burton.

Chris Wilder's side rarely looked like winning a frantic battle, although at times they played the more measured football.

Both sides were guilty of playing poor final balls too often when they got themselves into promising situations, and it was a day for defenders to shine.

U's defender Harry Worley was outstanding, as were Burton's new central defensive partnership - the vastly-experienced Darren Moore and Nathan Stanton.

The best chances of the game fell to Burton striker Shaun Harrad in the first half.

In the 32nd minute, Greg Pearson nipped past two players on the left-hand side of the box and rolled a pass across which Harrad stretched to touch goalwards, only for Ryan Clarke to save well low to his left.

Picked out by a fine pass from Adam Bolder in the 43rd minute, Harrad shot low from 20 yards and a deflection beat Clarke before the ball trickled past the keeper's right-hand post.

No-one came closer in the second half, and it was the sort of game in which both teams were satisfied with a point.

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1 Shrewsbury Town 23 44
2 Wycombe Wanderers 23 44
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 23 42
5 Newport County AFC 23 40
6 Southend United 23 39
7 Plymouth Argyle 23 37
8 Bury 23 37
9 Exeter City 24 37
10 Stevenage 23 34
11 AFC Wimbledon 23 33
12 Morecambe 23 33
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 23 29
15 Portsmouth 23 28
16 Oxford United 23 28
17 Mansfield Town 23 27
18 York City 23 26
19 Cheltenham Town 23 25
20 Northampton Town 23 24
21 Carlisle United 23 24
22 Tranmere Rovers 23 22
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 23 22
24 Hartlepool United 23 14