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One Call Stadium (ATT 2,966) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Mansfield Mansfield Town vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

Mansfield 1

M Rhead (75)

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Burton Alb 2

A MacDonald (42)
C McFadzean (71)
R Weir (S/O 87)

Burton edge past Mansfield

Last Updated: 30/08/14 7:11pm

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Callum McFadzean: Amongst the goals

Callum McFadzean: Amongst the goals

Unbeaten Burton clung on for a 2-1 victory at Mansfield on Saturday after having Robbie Weir sent off.

Weir had to walk three minutes from time and Albion then had to endure seven added minutes at the end of the game.

Burton had built a 2-0 lead with goals in each half from Callum McFadzean and Alex MacDonald, but Matt Rhead's 75th-minute header made for a thrilling finish in a physical game, especially after Weir went for a headbutt on Jamie McGuire.

A tight first half saw neither goalkeeper have a serious save to make. But the deadlock was broken three minutes from the break when Burton broke quickly from a loose Rob Taylor pass and MacDonald saw his 20-yard shot take a couple of deflections to leave keeper Dimitar Evtimov wrong-footed and helpless.

Mansfield, largely toothless in the first half, began to create more after the break and Taylor missed the target with two first-time efforts inside five minutes.

Rhead then powered a header just wide of the far post before beating Jon McLaughlin to a cross and planting another header onto the roof of the empty net.

But the lead was doubled when Martin Riley's fine block on MacDonald's shot inside the box saw the ball run loose and invitingly to McFadzean, who slotted into the empty net from 10 yards.

Within four minutes it was game on again as the Stags pulled one back. Rhead's head beat McLaughlan to Adam Murray's long free-kick and, from eight yards, he guided the ball into the gaping net.

MacDonald almost sealed it with a powerful 30-yard effort that dipped over Evtimov but hit the bar.

Two minutes from time Weir was red-carded for a retaliatory butt on McGuire after he felt the Mansfield man had stamped on him.

Seven minutes of stoppage time ended in a mass confrontation after Burton's players felt Riley threw a punch - but the referee gave nothing.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 22 43
2 Wycombe Wanderers 22 43
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 22 41
5 Southend United 22 38
6 Plymouth Argyle 22 37
7 Newport County AFC 22 37
8 Exeter City 23 37
9 Bury 22 34
10 Stevenage 22 31
11 Morecambe 22 30
12 AFC Wimbledon 22 30
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 22 29
15 Portsmouth 22 27
16 Mansfield Town 22 27
17 Oxford United 22 25
18 Cheltenham Town 22 25
19 Northampton Town 22 24
20 Carlisle United 22 24
21 York City 22 23
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 22 21
23 Tranmere Rovers 22 19
24 Hartlepool United 22 14