Burton Albion v Ipswich Town - Nostalgia: Town sealed crucial win on first trip to Pirelli Stadium

Bersant Celina scores his match winning goal at Burton Albion on Saturday Picture Pagepix

Bersant Celina scores his match winning goal at Burton Albion on Saturday Picture Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

In this week’s nostalgia, we take a look at when Ipswich played their first competitive fixture at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium which ended with Town taking all three points.

Bartosz Bialkowski gives match winner Bersant Celina a hug after the final whistle at Burton Albion

Bartosz Bialkowski gives match winner Bersant Celina a hug after the final whistle at Burton Albion Picture Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Burton Albion 1 Ipswich Town 2

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017.

Bersant Celina scores his match winning goal at Burton Albion on Saturday Picture Pagepix

Bersant Celina scores his match winning goal at Burton Albion on Saturday Picture Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

This was Town’s first-ever competitive game at the Pirelli Stadium and boy did they need a win.

The first half took a while to get going as both defences stood firm and restricted chances, and it was a stalemate at half-time.

Freddie Sears scores Ipswich Town's second at Burton Albion last season. Photo: Pagepix

Freddie Sears scores Ipswich Town's second at Burton Albion last season. Photo: Pagepix


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Town broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart when Tom Lawrence whipped in a corner from the left and ex-Blue Luke Varney diverted into his own net at the far post.

Ipswich doubled their lead following a swift counter-attack in the 79th minute, Myles Kenlock brought the ball forward to the edge of the box before feeding the ball to Freddie Sears whose first shot was blocked by Burton keeper Jon McLaughlin but he followed up to lash into the roof of the net.

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With four minutes remaining Burton were awarded a penalty when Kenlock sent Varney tumbling with an awkward challenge on the right of the area and Lucas Akins took the spot kick and shot into the roof of the net to make it 2-1.

Town defended their lead and eased worries of relegation. Three days later, on Easter Monday, a 3-1 home win against Newcastle followed. It was the first time all season they had recorded back-to-back victories.

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