Full-time: Burton Albion 1 Bristol Rovers 1
David Clarkson's third goal of the season at Burton Albion this afternoon was not enough to give Bristol Rovers what would have been a back-to-back victory.
Clarkson, who was again deployed in an unfamiliar midfield role, arrived on the edge of the penalty area on the half-hour mark to guide an accurate shot into the bottom corner of the Burton goal after Tom Eaves had nodded a Jim Paterson cross into his path.
Burton had been relatively ineffective during the first 45 minutes, but did serve warning of what was to come later when Zander Diamond headed just wide from Damien McCrory's accurate set-piece delivery in what turned out to be their best effort of the opening period.
It was little surprise, then, when a similar attempt spawned an equaliser for Gary Rowett's men four minutes after the break. What was a surprise, however, was that Burton striker Billy Kee – possibly the smallest man inside the crowded penalty area – was able to climb highest to divert McCrory's delivery beyond goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to ensure honours ended even.
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Clarkson's effort, meanwhile was the only attempt Rovers managed to have on target during an opening period in which they had been mainly on the back-foot – despite being rarely troubled by the home side.
Rovers were then unlucky not to earn themselves a two-goal cushion soon minutes before Kee's equaliser when only a superb double save from goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson prevented Oliver Norburn and Fabian Broghammer a goal that would have almost certainly seen McGhee's side well on their way to a second successive success away from the Memorial Stadium.
A rare start for wideman Joe Anyinsah was the only real surprise McGhee had made to a starting line-up that showed one change to the one that secured a victory over Northampton at the Memorial Stadium last weekend.
Anyinsah came in on the right-hand side of midfield to compensate for the loss of striker Derek Riordan, who failed to recover from a hamstring complaint, in what his first start in three weeks. Eliot Richards produced an impressive performance after being moved up front to partner Tom Eaves.
Rovers: Etheridge; Lund, Kenneth, Parkes, Paterson; Anyinsah, Clarkson, Norburn, Broghammer; Richards, Eaves. Subs: Walker, L Brown, Harrison, W Brown, Virgo, Staley, Smith.
Burton Albion: Tomlinson, Diamond, Taylor, Richards, McCrory, Maghoma, O'Connor, Dyer, Bell, Kiernan, Kee. Subs: Atkins, Corbett, Webster, Stanton, Yussuf, Paterson, Rooney.