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Sky Bet League 2

Highbury Stadium 17th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Bratt

Fleetwood Fleetwood Town vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

Fleetwood 2

J Hughes (65)
R Crowther (72)

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Burton Alb 3

R Howe (12)
A McGurk (25)
C Hussey (34)

Brewers edge five-goal thriller

Last Updated: 17/08/13 6:13pm

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Chris Hussey: Got on the scoreheet

Chris Hussey: Got on the scoreheet

Fleetwood's second-half fightback was not enough as unbeaten Burton's first-half goal glut proved crucial in a 3-2 victory.

Town had the chance to grab an early lead when Ryan Crowther headed over from six yards. And they were made to pay at the other end just 12 minutes in.

Chris Hussey swung in a teasing ball from the left, Adam McGurk's spectacular overhead kick attempt distracted the Town defence just long enough for Rene Howe to sneak in at the back post and fire the Brewers ahead.

Burton were making the better of the sodden conditions at Highbury and doubled their advantage when Hussey's low corner skidded across the Fleetwood box, McGurk applying the final touch.

It became three-nil before the break, some poor defending from Fleetwood allowing Howe the space to flick the ball on, Hussey firing in off a post.

Fleetwood looked sunk, but two goals in eight second-half minutes gave them hope.

Substitute Gareth Evans set up the first, driving down the left before his pass picked out a determined Jeff Hughes, who kept his feet and his head to fire through a crowded box.

When Antoni Sarcevic bulldozed his way to the byline to set up Jamille Matt for his first of the campaign an unlikely comeback appeared on the cards.

But Fleetwood could not find a way through, Burton hanging on to take the honours as Junior Brown's last-ditch free-kick flew wide.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27