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18:03 5th September 2009

Notts County FC 1-1 Burton Albion FC

The morning sun was nowhere to be seen come kickoff but County came into another home game with 8 unanswered goals in the league at Meadow Lane.

Moloney's short run on five minutes forced a corner from Burton.Short by Davies and swung in by Jackson it was cleared for a throw down the right side, Moloney's ball in found the hands of Artur Krysiak.

Keeping the pressure up, Brendan ran up onto the edge of the box and was awarded a freekick as he was bundled off the ball. Jamie Clapham hit it hard but into the wall, minutes later Jamie was unlucky not to find a forward's foot with his cross from the left side of the pitch.

Dead on the quarter hour Hughes' work in the box saw another corner for county. Davies and Jackson again going short, this time feeding Hawley on the right. Moloney took the resulting throw but his legs were taken away by Harrad and another freekick for County - just put through the box.

Burton captain Branston was clipped by Hawley as Karl shot for goal requiring the physio and a short break for both teams. Twenty minutes in and no real sign of a goal from either side, although County were definitely getting the better of possession.

Schmeichel was tested well by Greg Pearson on 23 minutes, with a well angled shot requiring a quick stop from Kasper. Minutes later Moloney again fed it into the box this time finding Ricky Ravenhill but the defence closed in and eventually was able to quell the County attack. Pearson on the counter failed to find his previous form and put a 35 yard strike high into the Kop.

Davies was booked on 26 for a challenge deemed late by the referee in the Burton half. Burton took the opportunity and Boertien played through to Jimmy Phillips who set Harrad up to fully test Kasper. Seconds later Schmeichel was forced to make another good save as some life had come back into Burton's forwards.

A sustained attack from Notts which opened several good chances was quickly countered by the visiting team, with Pearson yet again striking on target, the ball eventually cleared but with appeals for a penalty from the Albion fans.

34th minute and Hughes was brought down in front of the dugout by Branston, earning him a yellow.

Five minutes to run in the half and a poor head back from Guy Branston led to two corners for County - the first coming off the Burton defence and the second put over the net by Jackson's turning effort.

Good defending from Notts' captain Thompson, closing down Pearson but resulting in a corner as both men slid in for the ball. Off the ball though Hunt had stayed down and with minutes left in the first half he had to be replaced by Mike Edwards to defend the corner.

Jamie Clapham had the last action of the first half with a well struck shot just climbing over the bar.

Half Time.

Clapham fed in a great ball but Hawley couldn't quite get on the end of it. Seconds later Lee Hughes at full stretch couldn't get a strong enough purchase on a similar ball.

54 minutes and Karl Hawley brilliantly floated in from the outside left corner of the box. Superb finish and the keeper was left standing - Jamie Clapham instrumental in the build up.

County kept the pressure on, Jackson supplying Davies whose good cross forced the sixth corner for Notts on the hour mark. Shortly afterwards Ravenhill made way for Matt Ritchie's debut appearance.

Great foot work by goalscorer Karl Hawley opened him out for another attempt on goal, Burton lucky with the deflection out for a corner. Russell Penn joined the game, replacing Jimmy Phillips.

Twenty minutes into the second and County by far had been the stronger team. Burton were by no means forgotten though as Schmeichel was forced to make yet another good save; much to the pleasure of the 7000 Magpies.

Davies brought Moloney in on the right but as Brendan's ball came across there was an off the ball foul on Davies which saw Michael Simpson booked with 15 minutes left.

Jackson took the freekick, massive strike which hit the bar hard enough to come back out to him. Johnnie brought in Davies who in turn gave Matt Ritchie the chance to show his skills and having worked further into the box, Ritchie laid off to Hughes who screamed one past the post.

The following minutes were filled with great work by the County forwards and midfield, Clapham again supplied Hawley whose shot was just deflected and Ritchie was looking keen on his debut.

Burton tried to relieve the pressure as 80 minutes approached with two substitutions, one of whom - Richard Walker scored the equaliser on the 84th minute. Minutes later Greg Pearson was denied by the post.

Frantic play as the clock ticked down with the ball rarely resting in midfield and danger prevelant for both teams. The second half far surpassed the first but again a late goal caused problems for County, but this time the Magpies took a vital point away at 90 minutes.

Full Time: Notts County FC 1-1 Burton Albion FC

Notts County: Schmeichel, Moloney, Thompson (C), Ravenhill (Ritchie 62), Hughes, Bishop, Davies, Hawley, Clapham, Hunt (Edwards 44), Jackson

Subs Not Used: Hoult, Hamshaw, Rodgers, Westcarr, Facey

Booked: Davies (26), Edwards (89)

Sent Off: None

Goals: Hawley (54)

Burton Albion: Krysiak, Boertien, Simpson (Maghoma 79), James, McGrath, Corbett, Harrad (Walker 79), Austin, Phillips (Penn 67), Pearson, Branston (C)

Subs Not Used: Redmond, Webster, Stride, Goodfellow

Booked: Branston (34), Simpson (74)

Sent Off: None

Goals: Walker (84)

Match Referee: Mr Woolmer Attendance: 8891

    Data provided by Press Association


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