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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Jed Wallace (58')
  • Marvin Sordell (70')

Millwall 0-1 Burton Albion

Marvin Sordell's second goal of the season saw Burton Albion beat 10-man Millwall 1-0 to record their first away win in the Championship since April.
A poor contest turned when Millwall winger Jed Wallace was shown a contentious red card on the hour for a foul on Tom Flanagan on the halfway line.
The mood of an angry home crowd soured on 70 minutes when Sordell netted with Burton's first shot of the match, which proved sufficient to bring Nigel Clough's side out of the bottom three.
Victory for the visitors was difficult to envisage until Sordell struck. A change of formation from a 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 did little to alter their woes going forwards for the most part.
With just one goal scored on the road in the Championship before their journey to the Den, and a dismal four shots on target registered in their previous six away matches, this proved another uninspiring display as Sordell cut a lonely figure up front, continually trying, and failing, to chase down long punts forwards.
They defended manfully though - and had the battle scars to prove it - Kyle McFadzean sporting a mask to protect a broken nose, while captain Jake Buxton had his forehead bandaged following a clash with Millwall striker Steve Morison.
Aiden O'Brien and Conor McLaughlin - called up by Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively this week - saw efforts blocked for the home side as the first quarter of the contest elapsed without either goalkeeper called into action.
After 43 painful minutes Millwall fluffed a golden opportunity to edge ahead. Morison's cross was met with a scissor kick from Wallace that went back across goal into the path of O'Brien who blazed his first-time effort over the top of an unguarded net.
The start of the second half followed the same pattern as the first, with frustration in the stands at a scrappy game eventually spilling over on the pitch when Wallace was sent off for a challenge from behind on left-back Flanagan as he carried the ball over the halfway line.
It was the fourth time this season a Millwall player had been sent off and they failed to respond in the face of adversity, falling behind with 20 minutes remaining.
Matty Palmer drove a diagonal shot low into the box, that was blocked and fell to Sordell. The 26-year-old kept his composure to finish powerfully and win a precious three points.
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POS Team GP GD PTS
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2 Cardiff City 46 +30 90
3 Fulham 46 +33 88
4 Aston Villa 46 +30 83
5 Middlesbrough 46 +22 76
6 Derby County 46 +22 75
7 Preston North End 46 +11 73
8 Millwall 46 +11 72
9 Brentford 46 +10 69
10 Sheffield United 46 +7 69
11 Bristol City 46 +9 67
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13 Leeds United 46 -5 60
14 Norwich City 46 -11 60
15 Sheffield Wednesday 46 -1 57
16 Queens Park Rangers 46 -12 56
17 Nottingham Forest 46 -14 53
18 Hull City 46 0 49
19 Birmingham City 46 -30 46
20 Reading 46 -22 44
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 -35 43
22 Barnsley 46 -24 41
23 Burton Albion 46 -43 41
24 Sunderland 46 -28 37

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