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Points Shared With Burton At The Vic

21 December 2013

Brad Walker came off the bench to grab his first goal for the Club and earn a draw for his side in the process.

Burton had taken an early lead when Phil Edwards broke forward on 16 minutes but Pools dug in and deserved their way back into the game. 

Both teams looked intent on attacking in the opening exchanges, with some positive, direct movement at both ends. 

After the bright opening to the game, a decision by the match official once again cost Pools; with Luke James having been fouled when on the ball just inside the Burton half, the referee ignored appeals and allowed play to continue. 

This gave Burton the chance to push forward into the box where defender Phil Edwards sent a strike through the legs of Scott Flinders and into the back of the net. 

It was the manner of the goal which upset the home fans most as the visitors were strong going forward, with the front pair of Billy Kee and Adam McGurk proved a real handful for the Pools defence at times. 

Burton had a chance to double their lead shortly after when Matty Palmer split the Pools defence to run through into the box but his final effort saw the ball sail across the face of goal and out at the far post. 

The game fell a little flat for a spell but Pools picked themselves up and went on to enjoy a strong run-in to the break. 

James Poole had the first real chance for his side when he unleashed a volley at Dean Lyness but his strike went wide of the near post.

Jack Compton put a few decent crossed into the box from the right which found Lyness in solid form, while one won a corner for his side as Luke James pressed the defender.

A Matty Dolan corner was headed at goal by Christian Burgess but his effort was deflected wide, while Andy Monkhouse was denied an equaliser when goalscorer Edwarda popped up at the other end to head clear off the line.

James saw a volley find the arms of Lyness before Poole met a Compton cross to volley up at goal but again Lyness rose to hold the ball.

Jack Compton finished the half with a shot on goal of his own but his strike from the edge of the box scraped over the bar and Pools went into the break a goal down.

Luke James had a great chance just after the re-start after linking up neatly with strike partner Poole; Poole sent a lovely flick back into the path of James and he fired on goal. That man Lyness blocked again, while Poole saw his effort from the rebound also blocked out.

In what became a more niggly affair, there were fewer chances at either end, though Billy Kee took a chance when Flinders was off his line to chip an effort goalwards. Fortunately his strike went narrowly over the bar.

As the visitors enjoyed a brief spell, Flinders was called into action to deny Adam McGurk from close range, before the lively striker sent the loose ball wide.

The tempo rose just after the hour mark as Pools began to see more of the ball in the final third and, when Andy Monkhouse shot from close range, he again saw an effort cleared off the line. 

A couple of changes from the bench gave Pools a lift with one in particular having an almost immediate impact.

With Pools pushing forward down the left, Brad Walker arrived to smash a ball from the edge of the box and finally past Lyness – the goal, which came with his first touch of the game, was his first for the Club and was a fitting strike for the talented youngster to open his Pools’ account. 

Luke James broke through down the right on 80 minutes as Pools looked for a winner; the striker burst down the right to run into the box and fire at goal. His shot had Lyness at full stretch but crept just wide of the near post. 

The final minutes of the match were tension-filled as both sides looked to grab a winner but, while there was plenty of intent, there was little to test Flinders or his opposite number.

And so the points were shared here at The Vic this afternoon, with both sides having had chances to add to the scoresheet in an entertaining match.

Next up for Colin Cooper's men is a Boxing Day trip to take on Chesterfield. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Burton Albion 1

Booked: Compton (65)

Att: 3595 (173 Burton Albion)

Pools: Flinders, Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin, Compton, Walton (Walker 66), Dolan, Monkhouse, James , Poole (Franks 62)
Subs Not Used: Rafferty, Collin, Holden, Sweeney, Rodney

Burton Albion: Lyness, Edwards, Hussey, Sharps, Weir, McCrory (Diamond 45), Phillips, McGurk (Reed 75), Palmer, Cansdell-Sherriff, Kee (Howe 70)
Subs Not Used: Siegrist, Knowles, Dyer, Symes

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