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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Florian Jozefzoon (54')
  • Ben Turner (78')

Brentford 1-1 Burton Albion

Brentford had to settle for a point in a dour 1-1 draw with Sky Bet Championship away draw experts Burton.
Florian Jozefzoon gave the Bees the lead just after the break with a delightful curling free-kick up and over the wall that left goalkeeper Stephen Bywater rooted to his line.
But Burton levelled when Joe Sbarra's searching diagonal cross was headed home at the far post by the unmarked Ben Turner on 78 minutes.
It was reward for a Burton side who parked the bus against wave after wave of Brentford attack in a largely one-sided affair that saw lone striker Marvin Sordell forced to feed off scraps up front.
The Bees, so often clinical in the final third, struggled to find any rhythm against Nigel Clough's side who slowed the game down at every opportunity.
The closest Brentford came to breaking the deadlock in a dire first half was when Nico Yennaris blazed over from the edge of the box after a well worked corner.
Burton's only effort of worth came after just three minutes when Turner headed Matty Palmer's inswinging free-kick narrowly over from close range.
Romaine Sawyers' effort midway through the half lacked conviction as the visitors adopted a 'what we have, we hold' approach throughout to frustrate their hosts.
After the break Brentford tried to move the ball more quickly, but were repeatedly repelled on the edge of the Brewers' box with a no-nonsense clearance.
Substitute Sergi Canos thought he had stretched the Bees' 47th-minute lead just after the hour when he cut in from the right but saw his effort blocked by a desperate Luke Murphy block and his shot drifted inches wide.
Canos was at the heart of the action again minutes later when his cross from the right eluded the heads of both Yoann Barbet and Neal Maupay at the far post.
Barbet himself went close on 70 minutes with a low dipping free-kick which was well saved by Bywater.
Sordell's hard work was almost rewarded a minute later when he latched on to a lofted throughball but could only find the side netting with a fierce low drive.
Turner's equaliser changed the complexion of the game and Brentford found more urgency but were denied in a late goalmouth melee.
Both sides had injury-time chances to win in, Will Miller seeing his curling cross-cum-shot drift just wide of the far post for the visitors and Ollie Watkins firing over as he burst into the box.
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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