The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

BUR­TON Al­bion’s first-half per­for­mance was just about per­fect ac­cord­ing to as­sis­tant man­ager Kevin Sum­mer­field – and it was enough to see off the threat of Chel­tenham.

Stu­art Beavon’s goal en­sured vic­tory for Al­bion but Sum­mer­field praised their de­fen­sive ef­fort after the break as the Robins pressed for a lev­eller but could find no way through, leav­ing the Brew­ers to move back to the top of the ta­ble.

“I think the first half was ten out of ten and our best 45 min­utes of the sea­son so far be­cause we dom­i­nated, passed the ball and ex­ploited spa­ces,” Sum­mer­field said.

“In the sec­ond half we had to dig deep, but I’d give the lads ten out of ten again for their de­fend­ing.

“We needed a clean sheet more than any­thing else after con­ced­ing three goals in our pre­vi­ous three game and we can now take con­fi­dence from that.”

Bur­ton wel­comed striker Beavon and wide men Lu­cas Akins and Alex MacDon­ald back from in­juries and Sum­mer­field was pleased with the im­pact they made on their re­turns.

“The three lads com­ing back made a dif­fer­ence, but the prob­lem was they hadn’t been train­ing and it was hard to get them through 90 min­utes,” he said.

“Bev was re­ally good, Alex came through well and while Lu­cas found it hard he put a shift in so credit to them and all the lads be­cause they rolled their sleeves up.”

Bur­ton made the stronger start, with Trevor Car­son mak­ing an ex­cel­lent save to deny Adam McGurk.

The goal had been com­ing and Beavon fin­ished su­perbly into the bot­tom right cor­ner after a pass from John Mous­inho be­fore only a fine stop from Car­son de­nied Beavon a sec­ond in first-half stop­page time.

Chel­tenham im­proved after the break, with Steve El­liott see­ing a vol­ley and a header blocked, Joe Hanks go­ing close twice and Jon McLaugllin div­ing to fall on sub­sti­tute Raf­faele De Vita’s late ef­fort.

And after fail­ing to score for the fourth time in five, Chel­tenham boss Mark Yates ad­mit­ted he wanted his teams to be braver.

“I thought both teams looked a bit ner­vous in the first half and you could tell we’d not won for a few games and I thought you could tell they hadn’t as well,” he said. “They had a cou­ple of chances and we are dis­ap­pointed with the goal, but in the sec­ond half we turned up and play with more en­ergy and tempo.

“We just couldn’t score, typ­i­fied by Lee Vaughan’s ball across the box when no­body could get a touch so we need to be braver and turn de­cent sec­ond-half per­for­mances like that into points.

“We have to make things hap­pen and an­tic­i­pate some­thing, rather than be­ing on our heels. We didn’t have a pass is us or do the ba­sics right in the first half.

“We then had to change our sys­tem, press and we now need to work out how to do that from the start.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

MOB MATCH: Stu­art Beavon cel­e­brates his goal

JUMP: Alex MacDon­ald and Lee Vaughan



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