REPORT: Wanderers v Burton Albion

The comeback kings did it again.

After the drama of Saturday’s win at Accrington Stanley, Wanderers produced another thrilling fightback to end their Burton hoodoo.

The Whites had never beaten the Brewers in seven previous attempts.

And when Sam Hughes headed the visitors ahead after 73 minutes of a hitherto frustrating night it looked as though the run might continue.

Burton had come to kill the game and for a while looked like they would leave with maximum points.

But Wanderers refused to accept their fate and overcame their frustrations with two dramatic late goals – including a winner from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson with virtually the last kick of the game in the 98th minute.

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Fellow substitute Amadou Bakayoko had launched the comeback with a fine strike of his own with three minutes of normal time to go.

And after a handful of near misses in added time, Bodvarsson popped up to drive the ball through a crowd of Burton bodies to spark joyous scenes inside the University of Bolton Stadium and Ian Evatt’s men up to fifth place in the table.

After Saturday’s storming finish at Stanley there were starts for Jack Iredale, George Thomason and Elias Kachunga, while Aaron Morley started a first league game since August and Conor Bradley was back from suspension.

And Bradley looked like a man making up for lost time in a superb opening burst that could easily have led to the opening goal.

His charging run forward in the opening minutes set the tone and ended with the ball finding its way to Dapo Afolayan on the opposite flank to deliver a low cross blocked in front of goal.

And with 10 minutes gone Afolayan had the chance to add to his weekend winner after Bradley had pierced the Burton defence again.

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This time the on-loan Liverpool man picked out Kachunga with a lovely pass and from Kachunga’s pull-back, Afolayan steered his attempted finish just the wrong side of the post.

Morley was next to go close with a fizzing effort that skidded just wide following another measured build-up.

But Wanderers needed the goal to disrupt the Brewers’ approach as they slowed things down whenever possible and then posed a threat when able to deliver the ball into the Whites’ penalty area – invariably from a long throw.

It was largely one-way traffic, though, as Wanderers probed away with some intricate football to try and find a way through a mass of yellow shirts in search of a way to break the deadlock.

Yet the longer the stalemate persisted, the more frustrating things became for Wanderers as Burton wasted time whenever they could – Victor Adeboyejo picking up a yellow card early in the second half following another delaying tactic.

Still the Whites kept trying to force the decisive opening with Bradley driving forward time and again to threaten the visitors’ penalty area.

But it was hard going to maintain momentum against a constant flow of disruptions.

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And with just under 20 minutes to go the night got even tougher for Wanderers when Burton grabbed the lead.

Set-pieces had been virtually the Brewers’ only threat and when they delivered a corner deep to the back post, Hughes nodded home to make it 1-0 and raise the prospect of lifting his side out of the relegation zone.

Evatt tried everything from the bench as he completed his full hand of substitutes to try and spark a response.

Josh Sheehan made his first league appearance in 11 months and played his part in a push for an in a move that ended with Kieran Sadlier and Kieran Lee both seeing shots blocked.

Time was running out but Wanderers kept believing and finally got their reward with 87 minutes gone.

This time they went direct with a long ball from goalkeeper James Trafford which by-passed Bodvarsson and fell for Bakayoko, whose first-time volley was perfectly struck across Ben Garratt and too hot to handle for the Burton keeper who was beaten into his far corner.

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Suddenly the Whites sensed a winner and into the seven minutes of added time they almost got it, Lee meeting Jack Iredale’s driven cross with a flick that hit the post and bounced clear in agonising fashion.

That might have been it but still Wanderers kept going and after Bradley had been denied by Garratt at point-blank range, there was one last corner which bounced around the box after Sadlier's header was saved before being rammed gleefully home by Bodvarsson for his fourth goal of the campaign.

What a night – in the end.

Wanderers: Trafford; Jones, Santos, Iredale; Bradley, Morley, Thomason (Lee 66), Afolayan (Bakayoko 74); Dempsey (Sheehan 74); Charles (Sadlier 66), Kachunga (Bodvarsson 74). Substitutes: Williams, Johnston.

Booked: Afolayan, Bodvarsson.

Burton Albion: Garratt; Brayford (Smith 21 replaced by Thorpe 89), Hughes, Mariappa, Hamer; Taylor; Keillor-Dunn (Powell 67), Onyango, Oshilaja, Borthwick-Jackson; Adeboyejo. Substitutes: Sinisalo, Butcher, Thorpe, Lakin, Kamwa.

Booked: Adeboyejo

Referee: Sam Allison

Attendance: 16,172 (181 Burton)

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