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Burton 0-1 Oxford Utd

Adam Chapman
Chapman celebrates his winner

Adam Chapman's stunning free-kick kept alive Oxford's slim play-off hopes and stopped Blue Square Premier leaders Burton Albion securing promotion.

Needing a draw to clinch a Football League spot, Albion edged a nervy game.

But Brewers striker Lee Morris wasted the chance of the match, mis-kicking in front of an open goal from five yards.

Chapman's set-piece then put United ahead before team-mate Chris Willmott and Burton's Shaun Harrad were sent off as tempers flared towards the end.

The visitors are still pinning their hopes on a series of unlikely results to book a play-off spot and the Brewers are still favourites to go up as champions.

606: DEBATE
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But if rivals Cambridge win both their remaining games, Roy McFarland's long-time leaders need a point from a tough final game away against Torquay United to be certain - or it could go down to goal difference.

However the Brewers, who at one stage had a 19-point lead at the top of the table, will feel they should already be celebrating life as a Football League club.

For long spells Albion looked like getting the point they so desperately wanted at the Pirelli Stadium on Friday despite chances being at a premium.

Morris tested the impressive Oxford keeper Billy Turley early on and Turley also made a fine block from winger Keith Gilroy.

At the other end, the imposing figure of James Constable forced a good save from keeper Saul Deeney.

The match opened up more after the break after Burton should have gone ahead on 53 minutes.

Michael Simpson
Burton's Michael Simpson shows his disappointment at the final whistle

Marc Goodfellow's long-range effort forced a fine save from Turley but makeshift striker Darren Stride squared the ball to Morris who completely miscued with the goal gaping.

Oxford made them pay when Chapman's beautifully struck free-kick curled in to the top corner.

United then went down to 10 men when Willmott saw red in the final 10 minutes for fouling Darren Stride.

And in stoppage time Burton's Harrad was red-carded after challenging Turley for the ball during a frantic goalmouth melee.


Burton manager Roy McFarland told BBC Radio Derby:
"I am disappointed for our supporters and everyone who has turned up.

"They can go away looking at how the team played, and I thought they played magnificently.

"It is still in our hands. Cambridge have still got to go and win at Salisbury and if it means taking it on to the last game of the season, we can't do much about it."


Burton Albion: Deeney, Corbett (Butler 83), Buxton, James, Webster, Goodfellow, McGrath, Simpson, Gilroy, Morris (Harrad 72), Stride.
Subs Not Used: Martin, Austin, Byrne.

Sent Off: Harrad (90).

Booked: Webster.

Oxford Utd: Turley, Batt (Odubade 67), Willmott, Foster, Sandwith, Haldane (Hutchinson 80), Murray, Chapman, Clist, Nelthorpe (Farrell 57), Constable.
Subs Not Used: Hinchliffe, Carruthers.

Sent Off: Willmott (80).

Booked: Haldane, Chapman, Turley.

Goals: Chapman 70.

Att: 6,192.

Ref: R Whitton (Essex).



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