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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 Burton Albion 43 85
2 Shrewsbury Town 43 83
3 Wycombe Wanderers 43 80
4 Bury 42 76
5 Southend United 42 75
6 Stevenage 43 68
7 Plymouth Argyle 43 65
8 Luton Town 43 62
9 Newport County AFC 43 62
10 Exeter City 43 61
11 Northampton Town 43 58
12 Morecambe 43 57
13 AFC Wimbledon 43 56
14 Portsmouth 43 53
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 53
16 Oxford United 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 52
18 York City 43 51
19 Cambridge United 43 48
20 Mansfield Town 43 48
21 Carlisle United 43 46
22 Hartlepool United 43 41
23 Cheltenham Town 43 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 43 39