York City suffered their first league defeat of the season as Lucas Akins and John Mousinho scored second-half goals for Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
Akins gave the in-form leaders the advantage shortly after the break before Mousinho rifled in a decisive second goal with eleven minutes remaining.
The defeat was York’s first in 24 regular league games – an incredible sequence stretching back as far as late January.
The Minstermen named an unchanged starting line-up with recovered midfielder Tom Platt replacing Daniel Parslow on the bench.
Goalkeeper Michael Ingham gathered an early Adam McGurk effort from outside the area at the second attempt, while opposite number Jon McLaughlin almost misjudged Femi Ilesanmi’s free-kick.
Alex MacDonald then headed a Phil Edwards cross dangerously wide of the far post for the league leaders before their former midfielder Russell Penn sliced behind.
His midfield partner Luke Summerfield soon despatched a low drive scrambled aside by McLaughlin. John McCombe nodded over from his resultant corner.
McGurk’s header from Akins’ cross was also wide following a swift break in the opposite direction and Mousinho next blazed over as the lively opening was maintained.
Burton continued to press forward and Marvin McCoy blocked well before Keith Lowe headed off the line from Mousinho after Ingham came out to punch. Lindon Meikle’s cross was headed behind in reply and Wes Fletcher was crowded out while McCombe covered well at the other end.
Akins dragged wide at the start of the second period before McLaughlin smothered from Anthony Straker as the visitors responded.
But the home side were rewarded when Akins fired home after Lowe had superbly blocked from McGurk. MacDonald also went close with a deflected 30-yard free-kick.
The Minstermen rallied with Meikle’s cross being turned behind and McLaughlin blocking from Summerfield before grabbing the loose ball ahead of Fletcher. Ilesanmi soon charged forward and won his side another corner.
Jake Hyde was introduced at the expense of Straker but is was goalscorer Akins producing a low save from Ingham and also dragging another shot wide.
There was then a massive escape for the visitors as Stuart Beavon crossed for McGurk to strike against the underside of the crossbar.
Meikle could only find the side-netting in reply and Ingham easily gathered from McGurk, who next curled wide of the target before Michael Coulson’s low drive was saved.
However, Burton added a match-clinching second goal with eleven minutes remaining when Mousinho finished in style following Ilesanmi initially blocking.
Substitute Hyde volleyed over in reply and skipper Penn struck directly at McLaughlin before Coulson was wide of the mark late on.
Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, Taft, Mousinho, Akins, MacDonald (Harness 82), Weir, Beavon (Blyth 78), McGurk (Palmer 90)
subs (unused): McFadzean, Lyness, Knowles, Slade
Goals: Akins (55), Mousinho (79)
York City: Ingham, McCoy, Lowe, McCombe, Ilesanmi, Meikle (Platt 83), Penn, Summerfield, Straker (Hyde 63), Coulson, Fletcher
subs (unused): Winfield, Montrose, Jarvis, Hirst, Mooney
Ref: J. Simpson (Lancashire)
Att: 2,890 (650 York)
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