MATTY Palmer struck his first goal in senior football as Burton Albion reached the second round of the FA Cup after a scrap with Conference strugglers Hereford United.
Hereford grew in confidence as the half continued, with the tidy Frankie Artus controlling the midfield and Albion's back four dropping too deep at times.
It was surprising that Michael Rankine did not throw himself at the ball in the six yard box as it arrowed narrowly wide.
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Albion were on top in Nike Metcon Tr Buy Online the early stages of the match as Hereford made an uncertain start.
Albion should have been 2 0 up shortly afterwards but Artus managed to deflect Robbie Weir's goal bound shot just wide.
First goal to remember from Matty Palmer settles the FA Cup nerves for Burton Albion
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Dean Lyness replaced Jordan Pickford in goal after the on loan Sunderland player returned to the Stadium of Light as injury cover.
Zander Diamond replaced the suspended Shane Cansdell Sherriff at centre half and Lee Bell returned in central midfield, with Palmer moving out to the right as Jimmy Phillips dropped to the bench.
The goal was not long in coming, though, as the Brewers grabbed the lead with half time looming.
Palmer's corner high past the keeper.
before Phil Edwards hit the bar with an athletic overhead kick following a Palmer corner.
They did themselves proud but found a Brewers side who, while not at their best, were up for the fight. That proved enough to get them through the first round.
On his wrong foot, 20 yards out, the youngster powered the ball across substitute keeper Daniel Lloyd Weston, who came on at half time for the injured Evans, and into the far bottom corner.
He made three changes following the 1 0 home defeat by Morecambe eight days earlier.
It was a spirited fightback from the visitors which had Albion fighting hard for everything but it came to an end after 84 minutes as Palmer settled home nerves with a strike to remember.
Dominic Collins almost pulled one back in the dying minutes as a ricochet in the Burton box flew off him after Lyness failed to get to a high ball but the game was up for Martin Foyle's men.
it was a case of job done.
The 18 year old midfielder pounced late on to seal a 2 0 win at the Pirelli Stadium yesterday after Adam McGurk netted the opener before half time.
Still, they kept a clean sheet yesterday and are through not much more could really be asked of them in a game that was never likely to be full of free flowing football.
But the bouncing ball would not fall for the Northern Irishman and Bulls goalkeeper Rhys Evans who looked far from convincing in the early stages was able to clear.
After 72 minutes, Artus again almost levelled with a swerving left foot shot from 25 yards that had Lyness diving full length to his right and breathing a sigh of relief as it went wide.
But Burton got over their 10 minute hiccup, with the impressive Chris Hussey driving just over and McGurk blazing a good chance too high when he should have hit the target.
Lyness had his first save to make after 54 minutes as Artus blasted a low shot at goal. He showed good hands to smother the midfielder's shot.
Billy Kee, who was again off colour up front, almost put McGurk in behind the back four on the quarter hour.
It was another set piece special, Burton's third of the season, as McGurk lost his marker in the box, got to the near post and tidily placed Nike Lebron 13 Black Gum
Hereford began to show a bit more ambition and a header from McDonald flew over from a free kick 30 yards out.
Although they were never cut apart by the non Leaguers, it was a far from convincing performance from the Brewers, although Hereford made life very difficult at times with a determined showing.
The Brewers continued to find Hereford a tough nut to crack and Jonathan Brown almost levelled after 63 minutes with his first touch after coming on for Eric Odhiambo.
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