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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Liam Boyce (24')
  • Luke Murphy (44')
  • Lucas Akins (68')
  • David Nugent (29')

Burton upset the odds by beating Derby

Burton kept their slim Championship survival hopes alive with a 3-1 victory over play-off chasing Derby at the Pirelli Stadium.
Liam Boyce, Luke Murphy and Lucas Akins were all on target as Albion claimed their first win on home soil in 18 games, moving to within five points of safety with three matches remaining.
David Nugent had equalised in the 29th minute for Derby, who also missed a late penalty when former County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater denied top-scorer Matej Vydra.
The defeat damaged the Rams' play-off bid, leaving them one point outside the top six.
A tame start to the A38 derby saw Boyce's shot on the turn provide the only meaningful attempt on goal.
Boyce's first goal at the Pirelli after his record-breaking transfer last summer from Ross County, having spent a large portion of the season on the injury list, was a tap-in from almost on the line in the 24th minute.
Albion's lead lasted just five minutes as Nugent rose highest at the back post from Tom Lawrence's curling cross to bag his first goal of 2018.
The pace of the game picked up from there and Joe Sbarra almost restored Burton's advantage with a rasping shot that had Scott Carson diving full length to his right to push away his effort.
Burton's persistence was rewarded a minute before the break when Murphy robbed Chris Baird of possession on the right and burst into the box, cutting inside and curling a precise shot around Carson.
Derby came out strongly at the start of the second half but could not find a way through a resilient Burton rearguard.
Instead it was Albion who capitalised on more ponderous Derby defending to extend their lead in the 68th minute. Boyce nicked the ball off the toe of Tom Huddlestone before both Murphy and Hope Akpan saw efforts blocked, leaving Akins to finish from close range.
Derby sent on Cameron Jerome but it was Nugent who was culpable of a bad miss when blasting over the crossbar from Vydra's pull-back.
Jerome earned his side a last-ditch penalty that could have got Burton nerves jangling, the striker bundled over in the box by Jake Buxton, but Bywater saved Vydra's poor spot-kick with his foot.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 17 +8 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 +11 31
3 Leeds United 17 +12 30
4 Sheffield United 17 +8 30
5 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 28
6 Derby County 17 +5 28
7 Nottingham Forest 17 +7 27
8 Swansea City 17 +6 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 17 -1 26
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 -1 22
15 Brentford 17 +4 21
16 Wigan Athletic 17 -7 20
17 Sheffield Wednesday 17 -9 20
18 Preston North End 17 -4 18
19 Rotherham United 17 -9 18
20 Reading 17 -5 16
21 Millwall 17 -7 16
22 Hull City 17 -8 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -12 16
24 Ipswich Town 17 -14 11