Rovers relegation is confirmed as a draw is enough to secure Burton Albion promotion to the Championship
Cautions: Choudhury 77'
Unused Subs: Reilly, Harness, Walker, O’Connor, Bywater
Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Consdell-Sherriff, Mousinho, Beavon (Butcher 45’), Akins, McCrory, Naylor (Wier 79’), Duffy, Palmer, Choudhury.
Unused Subs: Marosi, Longbottom, Pugh, Whitehouse, Davies
Rovers: Matthews, Alcock, Butler (c), Taylor-Sinclair, Lund, McCullough, Rowe, Middleton (Calder 54’), Chaplow, Williams, Mandeville (Tyson 54’)
FULL TIME: Rovers 0-0 Burton
With injuries falling to Taylor-Sinclair and Calder Rovers had to finish the game with 9 men and despite their best efforts, there were no clear chances and the game ended goal less with Burton earning promotion to the Championship.
The Brewers had the chance to seal their promotion as Butcher was released one on one. With all the time in the world to slot home, Remi Matthews was quick off his line and made a fantastic save to keep it at 0-0.
Under 18 player Will Longbottom was handed his debut by Darren Ferguson and shortly after Rovers had a huge penalty appeal turned down by the referee. A fantastic run by Tommy Rowe split the Burton defence before he played in Andy Williams. Looking to cut inside and shoot, there looked to have been a certain push on the striker but nothing was given.
However it was Burton who went closest, as a corner was delivered it fell to Cansdell-Sherriff whose volley from edge of the area went narrowly over the crossbar.
Darren Ferguson introduced Nathan Tyson and Riccardo Calder in the second half as Rovers looked to finish their season on a high.
HALF TIME: Rovers 0-0 Burton
With very little to talk about in the first half, Remi Matthews made a comfortable save from Stuart Beavon’s weak effort in the area before the Brewers were appealing for a penalty for handball in the area. However the referee saw nothing and waved play on.
It was a very slow start to the game from both sides, neither goalkeeper having much to do. Richard Chaplow caused a few problems down the right flank as did Taylor-Sinclair down the left with some powerful runs.
This afternoon’s match however was not to be a repeat of the Christmas fixture.
The sides met in a pulsating encounter in the reverse just prior to Christmas where the lead changed hands three times before a 3-3 draw was a fair result to a game that could easily have seen twice the amount of goals scored.
Burton, under the stewardship of Nigel Clough however, were set to be promoted to the second tier for the first time in their history if they equal third placed Walsall’s result.
The respective fates of both clubs were all but sealed with Rovers 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crewe Alexandra all but relegating Rovers to League 2 barring an exceptional final day goal swing.
Sky Bet League One
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Sunday 8th May, 2016
Burton - 0
Rovers - 0