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Burton Albion v York City: Jekyll or Hyde to go for a Burton?
WHICH Burton Albion will turn up tonight against York City?
The Brewers have endured a Jekyll and Hyde npower League Two season so far with three wins and three defeats – a nine-point tally that is level with City and sees them trail only on goals scored in the league ladder.
Manager Gary Rowett’s men have suffered heavy defeats against Exeter, who scraped a point against Gary Mills’ side at St James’s Park on Saturday, Rotherham and high-flying Fleetwood Town.
But they have also put six past Wimbledon at their Pirelli Stadium base and a 4-0 trouncing of free-falling Oxford United at the weekend has given them a tally of ten goals from their three games at home this season. That’s a figure only Port Vale can match.
Burton also took League One Coventry to penalties in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the Ricoh Arena before falling 10-9 on spot-kicks.
Coincidentally, York will host the East Midlands club in the next round of the competition.
And Rowett’s men also beat hosts Sheffield United on penalties in the Capital One League Cup before bowing out to Leicester City.
Congolese striker Calvin Zola and fellow countryman Jacques Maghoma captured a brace apiece in the demolition of the Us last Saturday. Zola, player of the year at Burton last season, opened the scoring with a long-range volley, while both of Maghoma’s strikes came from outside the area – one of which was a sumptuous free-kick.
So impressed was Albion manager Rowett that he described the goals as “moments of genius”.
That result also brought a third successive clean sheet for Burton with 19-year-old loanee Anthony O’Connor the star man at the back.
The right-back, who has impressed with a number of strong performances this season, will stay at the club until January after Rowett agreed an extension with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.
Given the result on Saturday, Rowett is unlikely to change his starting line-up.
That should mean Cleveland Taylor continuing on the right of midfield after the injured Chris Palmer failed to make the clash against Oxford.
Striker Billy Kee, who was on the bench after returning from international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21s alongside City midfielder Paddy McLaughlin, may also need to be patient with Burton in such free-scoring form on their home patch.
Meanwhile, promising Burton youth Regan Upton has been snapped up by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 16-year-old has joined the Molineux-based npower Championship side for an undisclosed fee.
Burton (possible): Tomlinson, O’Connor, Diamond, Holness, McCrory, Taylor, Weir, Bell, Maghoma, Paterson, Zola.
City made five Conference visits to Burton winning twice and drawing once.
They won 2-0 on their first trip in September 2004, when Paul Groves and Andy Bishop were the marksmen, and the following season drew 0-0.
In 2006/7, they won 2-1 with Craig Farrell and Martyn Woolford on the scoresheet.
They lost on their last two visits – 4-3 in 2007/8 and 2-1 on Boxing Day 2008. The line-up on December 26 was: Ingham, Purkiss, Parslow, McGurk, McWilliams, Hogg (Russell), Greaves, Rusk, Smith, Brodie (McBreen), Sodje (Boyes). Adam Smith was the scorer.
Players to have appeared for both clubs include Neil Warnock, Alan Kamara, Pat Lally, Paul Groves, Mark Greaves and Danny Blanchett.
It happened on September 18
1935 : New Brighton were beaten 2-0 at Bootham Crescent with Fred Speed and Harold Green the scorers.
1961 : Peter Wragg scored from the penalty spot in a 1-1 home draw against Carlisle United. The attendance for this Fourth Division match was 8,171.
1965 : Paul Aimson hit a hat-trick in a 4-1 win at Hull City in the Third Division (League One). Dave Dunmore was the other scorer and the attendance at Boothferry Park was 20,554.
1971 : A 1-0 Third Division win at Bolton Wanderers with Laurie Calloway the man on target in front of 12,192.
1976 : City crashed 7-2 at Brighton in the Third Division in a match featured on BBC’s Match of the Day. The crowd at the Goldstone ground was 15,605 and Jim Hinch and Brian Pollard were the scorers.
1993 : Paul Barnes was the marksman in a 1-0 win at Fulham in the Second Division (League One) watched by 3,595 at Craven Cottage.
1996 : Neil Tolson scored in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park against Everton in a second round first leg League Cup tie watched by 11,257.
2004 : David McGurk made his debut in a goalless draw against Northwich Victoria at Bootham Crescent. The attendance was 2,087.
2010 : Hayes and Yeading United were beaten 2-0 at Bootham Crescent watched by 2,252. Mark Rankine and Leon Constantine were on the scoresheet in what was Martin Foyle’s last home game in charge.
Compiled by Dave Batters