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Burton Albion 3-1 Derby County

Lucas Akins scores Burton's third goal against Derby
Lucas Akins' goal secured a first home win for Burton since they beat Fulham 2-1 on 16 September

Burton Albion kept their Championship status for at least another week after a win over local rivals Derby County.

Liam Boyce gave Albion the lead as he found himself unmarked at the back post to convert Joe Sbarra's cross.

David Nugent headed the Rams level five minutes later, but Derby were punished for some poor defending when Luke Murphy curled a shot past Scott Carson.

Lucas Akins tapped in Burton's third before Matej Vydra had an 89th-minute penalty saved by Stephen Bywater.

Albion's first home win in almost six months lifts them off the bottom of the table above Sunderland and leaves them five points from safety with nine to play for, while Derby slip out of the play-off places to seventh, a point behind Millwall but with a game in hand.

Burton face Sunderland next week in a game in which either side could end up relegated if they fail to win.

Derby's best period of pressure came in the minutes that followed their equaliser, but after Sbarra forced Carson into a fine save from long range, Burton took control when Murphy put them ahead.

Nugent missed a golden chance to halve Burton's lead when he blazed over with 15 minutes left after being put through by Vydra, before the Czech striker missed from the spot when Jake Buxton brought down Cameron Jerome in the area.

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough speaking to BBC Radio Derby:

"We felt as if we've deserved a home victory in the last few weeks. We got a few breaks today, our hard work saw us through in the end.

"Today we battled away. We got a couple of half chances and we put them away."

On the awarding of Derby's penalty: "I was staggered, I didn't see one person appeal, I didn't see one supporter appeal, I didn't see one player appeal."

Derby County manager Gary Rowett talking to BBC Radio Derby:

"The game's quite simple, if you work harder than the opposition and show more endeavour, if you've got better players quality-wise then you should win the game.

"If you don't do those first two things you're going to give yourself a really difficult chance to win the game and we didn't compete enough, we didn't show enough drive."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 2BrayfordBooked at 63mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 23BuxtonBooked at 39mins
  • 6Turner
  • 19DavenportSubstituted forEgertat 90+3'minutes
  • 10Akins
  • 7Murphy
  • 21AkpanBooked at 77mins
  • 26SbarraSubstituted forAllenat 81'minutes
  • 27BoyceSubstituted forBarkerat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Allen
  • 20Samuelsen
  • 24Campbell
  • 25Barker
  • 28Hutchinson
  • 29Egert

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 16PearceSubstituted forJeromeat 73'minutes
  • 33Davies
  • 12Baird
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 49mins
  • 36LedleySubstituted forPalmerat 57'minutes
  • 19Weimann
  • 23Vydra
  • 10Lawrence
  • 28Nugent

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 6Keogh
  • 7Palmer
  • 21Roos
  • 26Hanson
  • 32Jerome
  • 45Thomas
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
5,563

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 3, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 3, Derby County 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Shaun Barker replaces Liam Boyce.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Derby County).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tomas Egert replaces Jacob Davenport.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Penalty saved! Matej Vydra (Derby County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty Derby County. Cameron Jerome draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Hand ball by Kasey Palmer (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Jamie Allen replaces Joe Sbarra.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by John Brayford.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Derby County).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Jerome (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jacob Davenport (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Sbarra with a headed pass.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

Ben Turner (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Cameron Jerome replaces Alex Pearce.

David Nugent (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton Albion).

Hand ball by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 3, Derby County 1. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Hope Akpan (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Boyce.

Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. Curtis Davies (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Boyce.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

John Brayford (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Brayford (Burton Albion).

goal

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