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Pirelli Stadium (ATT 2,636) 29th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Sutton

Burton Alb Burton Albion vs Southend United Southend

Burton Alb 2

C Zola (16)
L Bell (36)
N Stanton (S/O 75)

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Brewers end Shrimpers' streak

Last Updated: 29/12/12 7:27pm

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Zola: Broke the deadlock on 16 minutes

Zola: Broke the deadlock on 16 minutes

Southend's long unbeaten run came to an end as Burton ran out 2-0 winners at home despite ending the game with 10 men.

Paul Sturrock's men had not lost in 14 outings in a run stretching back to October 23, but Burton improved their own promotion hopes with their second home win in four days.

The hosts made a bright start and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 16th minute when Calvin Zola slid home a Lee Bell cross from six yards for his 11th goal of the season.

Southend enjoyed a spell of domination during which top scorer Gavin Tomlin had a shot pushed round a post by home 'keeper Dean Lyness.

Burton survived a searching examination to double their advantage in the 36th minute.

Zola played the ball across the edge of the area and Bell's fierce shot took a big deflection off Southend skipper Paul Smith to leave keeper Paul Smith stranded.

Lyness was able to smother a deflected Michael Timlin free-kick as the visitors tried to find a way back into the game after the break.

Burton had defender Nathan Stanton sent off for a second yellow card after a clash with Luke Prosser in the 75th minute.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bury 9 20
2 Burton Albion 9 19
3 Wycombe Wanderers 9 18
4 Southend United 9 17
5 Morecambe 9 16
6 Shrewsbury Town 9 15
7 Cheltenham Town 9 15
8 Mansfield Town 9 15
9 Northampton Town 9 14
10 AFC Wimbledon 9 14
11 Portsmouth 9 14
12 Plymouth Argyle 9 13
13 Luton Town 9 12
14 Cambridge United 9 11
15 Stevenage 9 11
16 Newport County AFC 9 10
17 Accrington Stanley 9 10
18 Tranmere Rovers 9 9
19 York City 9 9
20 Exeter City 9 9
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 9 8
22 Oxford United 9 7
23 Hartlepool United 9 7
24 Carlisle United 9 3