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Preview: Burton vs Stags

26 November 2013

Here’s everything that you need to know ahead our trip to Burton Albion…


Manager Paul Cox is to assess the fitness of Lee Beevers and Lee Stevenson, who were both substituted as a precaution in Saturday’s match at Fleetwood Town.

Otherwise, it’s positive news on the injury front, as Chris Clements, Ben Hutchinson, Ollie Palmer and Martin Riley are all now available for selection.

Midfielder Jamie McGuire remains suspended, whilst James Alabi is expected to return to Stoke City, following his month-long loan with us.

The Brewers will be without frontman Michael Symes, who is expected to be sidelined for around a month with a groin injury.


Despite scoring four goals for the first time in a Sky Bet League Two match this season, our side slipped to a gut-wrenching defeat in a nine-goal thriller at Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

The loss saw us slip one place to 16th position in the table, six points and nine places adrift of Burton, who were 1-0 winners at home to Bristol Rovers.

The Brewers have won four of their last six league matches, and have kept clean sheets in all four of those wins.

Nevertheless, Gary Rowett’s men have taken just 11 points at the Pirelli Stadium this term, which is fewer than any other team in the top half of the table.

They have also lost four games on home soil – more than both Torquay United and Northampton Town, who are currently in the relegation zone.


We have only played Burton twice in our entire history, and the Brewers emerged victorious on both occasions.

At the Pirelli Stadium, John McGrath’s side earned the hosts a 1-0 victory in October 2008, before they were 2-0 winners in the return clash at One Call Stadium, just two months later.

This meeting will be the first Football League match between the two clubs.


The match will be refereed by Mr Rob Lewis. He will be ably assisted by Mr Richard Bartlett and Mr David Benton, with Mr Matthew Bristow as Fourth Official.


Ticket sales for our seating allocation have now ceased. Remaining tickets will be available to purchase on the night.

Supporters, who wish to watch the match from the East Stand terrace, can also pay cash at the turnstiles on the night.

Tickets are priced as follows:


£18 – Adults
£16 – Senior Citizens (65+), Young Persons (17-22)*
  £8 – Aged 16 and under


£15 – Adults
£13 – Senior Citizens (65+), Young Persons (17-22)*
  £5 – Aged 16 and under

*Young Persons will be required to provide proof of age at the turnstiles.

Disabled supporters are asked to contact Burton Albion directly on 01283 565938 to arrange for a wheelchair space. Carers are admitted free-of-charge.


- By Road…

The Pirelli Stadium is situated in North Burton, close to the Pirelli factory, just off the A5121 (Derby Road). The ground is well signposted and just a few miles off the A38.

- By Rail…

Burton-on-Trent rail station is around a 30-minute walk from the Pirelli Stadium. As you exit the station, turn left and proceed straight down the hill. Turn right into Derby Road and continue straight on. You will eventually reach the stadium on your left-hand side.

- Parking…

There is a large car park at the Pirelli Stadium, which costs just £2. Alternatively, limited parking is available at the Ryknild Trading Estate, by the roundabout leading to Princess Way.


If you aren’t travelling to the Pirelli Stadium, you can hear full-match commentary on both Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only).

Furthermore, you can also hear full-match commentary in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from 12noon until late, with food served until 8.00pm.

To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.

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