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THE INSIDE TRACK: BURTON ALBION

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17:00 16th February 2017

by James Baldwin

Our guide to the Brewers

NORWICH City visit Burton Albion on Saturday, February 18 (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against in this weekend's fixture against the Brewers.

IN THE PRESS
England manager Gareth Southgate points to Burton Albion as an example of a 'huge success story' in football following their rise from non-league to the second tier.

The 46-year-old was speaking to burtonalbionfc.co.uk on Tuesday, while opening a new all-weather 3G football facility for the Club's Community Trust.

"It's incredible success and on the basis of a well-run football club," Southgate said.

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"Whenever I have been here the club has always been very clear on what they want to do and what's achievable within their budget. They run it consistently and there's a stability at the club.

"When you get those things in place it gives you every chance of succeeding."

PREVIOUS MEETING
Norwich City moved past a determined Burton Albion side to emerge as 3-1 victors at Carrow Road in September, the only meeting between the two sides in history.

Martin Olsson fired the Canaries in front with the half-hour mark approaching, before Albion drew level within 60 seconds of the second half getting underway through Lucas Akins.

City responded immediately though, moments later restoring their lead straight from kick-off when Jacob Murphy found the net via the post.

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The Canaries were warded a penalty on 77 minutes for a handball by Tom Flanagan, the Albion man receiving his marching orders after being shown his second yellow card of the afternoon.

Robbie Brady saw his spot-kick saved, but Ivo Pinto's late goal - the first of his professional career - secured all three points for the hosts.

BREWERS TRIVIA
Burton Albion are relative newcomers to football compared to many of their Sky Bet Championship rivals, being a modest 67 years old having been formed in 1950.

From that time up until 2009 they were exclusively a non-league club, at which point they were promoted to the Football League for the first time.

During their time outside the top four tiers of English football, one of their most famous moments came in 2006 when they held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup.

Burton Man U embed

Subsequently travelling to Old Trafford for a replay, The Brewers went down 5-0 in front of over 11,000 travelling fans which was a record number of away fans at the ground.

They have earned promotion in each of the last two seasons, making a rapid rise from Sky Bet League Two to the division below the Premier League.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Jon McLaughlin, Stephen Bywater, Harry Campbell.

Defenders: Tom Flanagan, John Brayford, John Mousinho, Kyle McFadzean, Ben Turner, Damien McCrory, Ryan Delaney, Shaun Barker.

Midfielders: Lee Williamson, Lloyd Dyer, Tom Naylor, Matt Palmer, Will Miller, Ben Fox, Marcus Harness, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Joe Sbarra, Michael Kightly, Luke Murphy, Jackson Irvine.

Forwards: Chris O'Grady, Marvin Sordell, Lucas Akins, Cauley Woodrow, Luke Varney.

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