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Pirelli Stadium (ATT 3,312) 26th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Burton Alb Burton Albion vs Northampton Town Northamptn

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Ian Sharps: Scored his first Brewers goal

Ian Sharps: Scored his first Brewers goal

Ian Sharps' first Burton goal earned them a 1-0 win as they eventually wore down Northampton at the Pirelli Stadium.

The struggling visitors' only chance of note saw Ben Tozer firing down Dean Lyness' throat, with their promotion-chasing hosts otherwise dominant.

Chris Hussey's left-footed cross from the right wing found Billy Kee unmarked at the far post, but his header was easily claimed by ex-Brewer Matt Duke.

Jimmy Phillips' cross to the far post was then nodded back in by Phil Edwards and Kee's weak header was saved.

Phillips also got on the end of McGurk's inviting cross, but saw his diving header saved.

Kee had two great chances early in the second-half, both set up by Phillips, but twice shot wide, the first from just six yards out, before Robbie Weir volleyed well over from close range and McGurk cut inside and curled a shot over.

It looked like caretaker Andy King would take a point back to Northampton, but late on Matty Palmer's driven corner was powered home by a towering Sharps.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 44 88
2 Shrewsbury Town 44 86
3 Wycombe Wanderers 44 81
4 Bury 43 79
5 Southend United 43 78
6 Stevenage 44 69
7 Plymouth Argyle 44 65
8 Luton Town 44 65
9 Newport County AFC 44 62
10 Northampton Town 44 61
11 Exeter City 44 61
12 Morecambe 44 57
13 AFC Wimbledon 44 57
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 56
15 Oxford United 44 55
16 Portsmouth 44 53
17 Accrington Stanley 44 53
18 Cambridge United 44 51
19 York City 44 51
20 Carlisle United 44 49
21 Mansfield Town 44 48
22 Hartlepool United 44 41
23 Cheltenham Town 44 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 44 39