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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 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18