Burton Albion 1-1 Crewe Alexandra
Saturday September 18, Pirelli Stadium, (Att: 3,093)
It was honours even at the Pirelli Stadium as Burton Albion and Crewe Alexandra continued their solid starts to the season with a draw.
The Brewers were the brighter of the two sides early on and after, John McGrath forced Rhys Evans into a save, Richard Walker missed an easy chance from close range to put the hosts ahead.
Alex were then denied a goal by the linesman's flag after a free-kick had been headed in by Joel Grant from an offside position.
It was the home side who opened the scoring in fine style just before the break though.
Sloppy play in the Crewe midfield saw Jacques Maghoma unleashed to run at goal before sending an unstoppable drive high into the net from outside the box.
Paul Peschisolido's side were now on course for a third straight home win of the campaign, but the visitors stepped things up in the second half and Luke Murphy found a leveller just after the hour mark.
When Albion failed to clear a high cross from Clayton Donaldson, Murphy latched onto the ball and whipped a low shot in off the far post of Adam Legzdins's goal.
Both sides pressed in vain for a winner, but ultimately a point was enough to move Burton into the top seven, with Crewe hot on their heels in 9th.