Burton Albion 2-1 Swindon Town: Captain Brayford scores winner in crucial Brewers win
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Burton Albion beat Swindon Town in a huge win at The Pirelli Stadium.

John Brayford scored the winner for the home side as two headers won them the game against a Swindon side who really could have done with the three points. 

  • Story of the game

First half

As the game kicked off, there was certainly a cagey atmosphere, with so much at stake for both sides.

Just three minutes in, visitors Swindon were forced into a change after an injury to Ellis Iandolo. Jonathan Grounds who was a doubt to start this game replaced him. 

There were a few early half chances for The Robins, with two free-kicks, one hit well over and the other easily dealt with by Ben Garratt.

However, the first big chance of the game fell to The Brewers. Jonny Smith had an effort saved by Lee Camp from 25 yards out, and Sean Clare fired over the rebound. Close.

Just a few moments later, Tom Hamer opened the scoring for Burton. Smith floated a free-kick in and Hamer headed past an hopeless Camp, everything the hosts deserved. 

They were hungry for more, Smith had a shot whisker just wide just after the restart.  

Then against the run of play, Swindon were level. And what a goal it was as well, Jack Payne came in from the right hand side and tremendously found the back of the net with a curling effort on his left foot. The away side's first shot on target. Game on.

A great first half of football at The Pirelli, setting up for an exciting second half. 

Second half

Burton came out full of confidence in the second half, winning a corner and Hayden Carter getting on the end of it, however he wasn't able to get an effort on target.

There was then a huge opportunity for Swindon to take the lead. Carter cleared off the line after Brett Pitman was found by Paul Caddis.

Christopher Missilou created a good chance for the visitors but the angle was always going to be too tight to squeeze the ball in, blocked by Carter. 

Swindon came knocking again, this time Scott Twine's shot was saved by Garratt. Pitman against all the odds put his rebounded header wide.

Another big chance, this time at the other end. Hamer's signature giant throw-in causing huge problems again. Camp made a huge save on the line after the ball bounced around the Robins' box.

Out of nowhere, Burton took the lead late on. Captain Brayford with the goal, a second header of the game for the hosts. James Powell launced a free-kick into the box and Brayford heads past Camp. 

Despite a late fightback from Swindon, Burton took all three points. 

  • Takeaways

Hamer importance for Brewers

Since he signed for Burton in January, Tom Hamer has been an ever important threat for the Staffordshire side. 

With the signature long throw-in's causing havoc every game, and today scoring his first goal for the club. He is slowly but surely becoming a cult hero. 

Burton safe?

After a huge win this afternoon, this could well be the game that Burton see as all but ensuring survival, however they are not mathematically safe as of yet.

However, the revival at the club now leaves them six points clear of Northampton Town in 19th place. Also now a huge eight points clear of the drop zone. 

  • Man of the match - Tom Hamer

After scoring his first goal for the Brewers, and yet another fantastic peformance, it is only fair to give the 21-year-old the award. 

He is becoming a real important player for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side.