2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Stephen Warnock (12')
  • Lucas Akins (51' PEN)
  • Oliver Norwood (31')

Lucas Akins on the spot as Burton earn first victory against Fulham

Lucas Akins' 51st minute penalty proved to be the difference as Burton Albion secured a first ever victory over Fulham with a 2-1 home success.
Akins fired home after defender Kyle McFadzean had been dragged down by Fulham skipper Kevin McDonald and referee Stephen Martin had pointed to the spot. It proved to be the winner despite Fulham dominating most of the second half but finding themselves unable to breach the Burton defence for a second time in the game.
Burton grabbed a 12th minute lead when Stephen Warnock netted his first goal in just over three years. The pace of Sean Scannell got him in behind the Fulham defence and although Marvin Sordell was crowded out, latching onto the Scannell's pass the ball fell kindly for Warnock to roll it into the empty net.
Oliver Norwood's equaliser just after the half hour came after the visitors had worked several chances in and around the Burton box but having failed with the intricate passing route to goal. A deflected pass set the midfielder up for a 25-yard effort that flew into the bottom corner of Stephen Bywater's net.
Fulham started well with Neeskens Kebano and Ryan Sessegnon going close early on until they found themselves behind. Searching for an equaliser a golden chance went begging when Stefan Johansen set up Norwood who scooped a more than presentable chance over the bar.
Jamie Allen, on his home debut for Burton, saw a 20-yard shot come back off the inside of the post and John Brayford, returning for a third spell at the Pirelli Stadium, tested David Button as Burton looked to go back in front.
Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo thought he had won a penalty as 40 minutes as he went down after knocking the ball past Bywater but referee Martin was not impressed and showed the youngster a yellow card for simulation.
Albion's bright start to the second period was rewarded with the lead via Akins' first league goal of the campaign before Fulham appeals for a spot kick were waved away when Ben Turner was stronger than Floyd Ayite trying to meet a low cross.
Fulham began to dominate as Albion found it hard to generate any real forward momentum with defender Ryan Fredericks denied by a superb tackle from Warnock inside the box.
Desperate for an equaliser Fulham camped themselves in and around the Burton box for a sustained spell with Burton defenders throwing themselves at everything. They were powerless though when Sessegnon picked out Ojo and his rising drive came back back off the crossbar.
Burton dealt with all the late pressure from the Cottagers to hang on for the three points to move them four points clear of the relegation places.

English League Championship Standings

1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 +16 38
2 Sheffield United 17 +12 36
3 Cardiff City 17 +11 34
4 Bristol City 17 +10 31
5 Aston Villa 17 +8 29
6 Middlesbrough 16 +8 26
7 Derby County 16 +4 26
8 Ipswich Town 16 +4 25
9 Sheffield Wednesday 17 +2 24
10 Nottingham Forest 17 -2 24
11 Leeds United 16 +5 23
12 Norwich City 17 -5 23
13 Brentford 17 +2 22
14 Preston North End 17 0 22
15 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 21
16 Barnsley 16 +1 20
17 Fulham 17 -1 20
18 Millwall 17 0 18
19 Reading 16 -3 18
20 Hull City 17 -2 17
21 Birmingham City 17 -16 15
22 Burton Albion 17 -23 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -16 12
24 Sunderland 17 -11 11

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