Brewers fail to find an answer as Lopez lands an early blow for the Shots
BURTON Albion found their third game in six days was just one too far as they slid to a lacklustre defeat at home to League Two strugglers Aldershot Town last night.
Perhaps this was an accident waiting to happen for the Brewers, who have often had trouble at home to the Shots, wherever the two sides are sitting in the league.
All the buoyancy Burton had shown in Saturday's 3-2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge was missing during the first half and Danny Rose had already hit a low 25-yard volley narrowly wide of Dean Lyness's right-hand post before the Shots took a fifth-minute lead.
Spanish striker Dani Lopez raced ahead of Burton's central defenders on to a Danny Hylton flick on and buried a terrific finish from just inside the penalty area.
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Suitably encouraged, Aldershot continued to look sharp going forward, while the Brewers were hitting too many aimless long balls and could not find any accuracy in their short passing either.
Burton's first decent chance came after 19 minutes when Matt Paterson headed a Damien McCrory cross down and Chris Palmer, wide on the right, hit a good, low shot which keeper Jamie Young turned away for a corner.
Back at the other end, Peter Vincenti curled a shot just over after Burton failed to clear a cross from the dangerous Lopez.
Billy Kee could not get enough weight on his shot as he turned on a McCrory pass after 30 minutes but Burton were happy to hear the referee's whistle in their own area when Lyness was adjudged to have been fouled as he failed to gather a free kick from Kieron Cadogan.
The Brewers were close to an equaliser a minute before the break when Zander Diamond, still up after a free kick, headed down another McCrory cross, Paterson got a touch and Young had to react quickly to beat the ball away to his right. But it was too little from Burton and they needed a big improvement.
Although they started the second half on the attack and Robbie Weir had a shot blocked, Lopez charged away from Nathan Stanton on a quick break and seemed unfortunate to be pulled up for a push as he took on the rest of the defence on the edge of the box.
The Shots went close again in the 57th minute when Burton could not clear a throw-in and Hylton drilled a 15-yard shot a foot wide.
Justin Richards was given the chance to revive what has been a dormant career of late when he replaced Paterson after 58 minutes.
But it was the service to the strikers rather than the strikers themselves that had been the problem for Burton.
Aldershot were continuing to look more dangerous and, after a scramble in the Burton area, Lyness saved superbly when Lopez hit a volley from within the six-yard box.
Burton's best moment yet came after 65 minutes when Richards cleverly deflected the ball into Kee's path and, from 20 yards, he brought a fine diving save from Young to his left.
The 69th minute saw the welcome return of club captain John McGrath after his long injury lay-off. Robbie Weir, who he replaced, had suffered a real nightmare and, in fact, has looked out of sorts for a few weeks.
There was certainly more urgency about the Brewers as the half wore on but Aldershot continued to play the more measured football.
New loan signing Jacob Blyth was manager Gary Rowett's last throw of the dice after 79 minutes, replacing Jacques Maghoma, and the switch almost paid off.
A back header from Blyth, from a McCrory throw in, was cleared off the line by Anthony Tonkin in the 84th minute.
Blyth also had a header comfortably saved by Young as the game went into stoppage time but, in the end, Burton had simply not done enough to deserve a point.