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19 February 2022

Three goals and three points at Portman Road

Kayden Jackson marked his 100th Town appearance with a goal and two assists as the Blues made it four successive wins at home.

Wes Burns and Bersant Celina were also on target at Portman Road after Jackson had opened the scoring inside 43 seconds.

Kieran McKenna made three changes to the starting XI from last weekend’s goalless draw at MK Dons as Lee Evans, Sone Aluko - who was celebrating his 33rd birthday - and Joe Pigott returned. 

Tyreeq Bakinson, Celina and Conor Chaplin were all named on the bench. 

Town could not have asked for a better start to the game as they took the lead inside one minute at Portman Road. 

Burns released Jackson midway inside Burton’s half before the striker drove inside and found the bottom corner with a left-footed strike from around 20 yards. 

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The Blues had started the game in quick fashion but they had Evans to thank for maintaining the lead on 10 minutes, the returning midfielder heading Jacob Maddox’s volley off of the line after a corner had only been half-cleared. 

Burton, who had scored all three of their goals in midweek from set pieces, looked threatening from the dead ball as the Town backline scrambled clear a series of long throws and corners. 

McKenna’s side could have made it 2-0 with just under half an hour played but Burns, having been played in behind the defence, couldn’t find any of the three supporting players in the box.

The Brewers continued to look dangerous  as Christian Walton denied a Joe Powell free-kick with a fine low save down to his right before pushing away Tom Hamer’s header following a deep corner. 

Pigott was inches away from doubling Town’s lead on 37 minutes. The striker started the move by winning possession back on halfway before Aluko released Burns. Burns’ cross was only cleared as far as Pigott, who took the ball down before striking the base of the post with Ben Garratt flatfooted. 

Luke Woolfenden had the ball in the back of the net a minute later but the celebrations were stopped short, the centre-back deemed to be offside when volleying Aluko’s corner home.

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Aluko latched on a loose pass back to Garratt as the Blues missed out on a great opportunity to double the advantage late in the half, his pass falling behind Sam Morsy.

The first opening of the second half went the way of McKenna’s side on 60 minutes but Aluko’s low drive from the edge of the area was straight at Garratt. 

Town found the second goal just two minutes later. Jackson raced into the left side of the box before dinking the ball back to Burns, who’s volley bounced up off of the ground and over a helpless Garratt into the back of the net.

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Jackson’s pace continued to cause chaos in the Burton backline, the striker flying past Sam Hughes before his near-post effort was parried away.

And he picked up his second assist of the match on 78 minutes as Town made it three. This time, his driven low cross from the right was perfect for Celina to touch into the back of the net from no more than a couple of yards out.

Town could've added a fourth late on but Morsy saw a shot blocked from the middle of the box before Evans volleyed Celina's cross to the back post over the top of the upright.

Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson, Burns, Evans, Morsy (C), Thompson, Aluko (Chaplin 68’), Jackson (Norwood 82'), Pigott (Celina 68’).

Subs: Hladky, Burgess, Bakinson, Bonne.

Booked: Evans.

Burton Albion: Garratt, Brayford (C), Powell, Ahadme (Niasse 62’), Hughes, Saydee (Smith 68’), Shaughnessy, Blake-Tracy, Kokolo (Chapman 74’), Madddox, Hamer.

Subs: Kovar, Leak, Mancienne, Lakin.

Booked: Niasse.

Attendance: 20,516 (174 Burton fans).

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