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 21 +14 43
2 Leeds United 21 +17 42
3 Sheffield United 21 +10 37
4 Derby County 21 +7 37
5 West Bromwich Albion 21 +14 36
6 Middlesbrough 21 +9 36
7 Nottingham Forest 21 +10 34
8 Aston Villa 21 +9 32
9 Birmingham City 21 +5 30
10 Stoke City 21 +2 30
11 Blackburn Rovers 21 -4 30
12 Swansea City 21 +2 29
13 Bristol City 21 +1 29
14 Queens Park Rangers 21 -6 28
15 Preston North End 21 -3 25
16 Wigan Athletic 21 -6 25
17 Sheffield Wednesday 21 -11 24
18 Brentford 21 +1 22
19 Hull City 21 -9 21
20 Rotherham United 21 -11 21
21 Millwall 21 -9 19
22 Reading 21 -8 18
23 Bolton Wanderers 21 -14 18
24 Ipswich Town 21 -20 11