Stephen’s three-year Warn-ing is so sweet
LUCAS AKINS’ 51st-minute penalty and Stephen Warnock’s first goal for more than THREE years proved the difference as Burton secured a first ever victory over Fulham.
Delighted boss Nigel Clough hailed the win as the Brewers’ best result since they won promotion to the Championship.
He said: “I thought we were magnificent today from start to finish.
“This is possibly our best result since getting promoted.
“Fulham can carve you open almost at will at times but they found it tough to create clear-cut openings against us.
“We dug in and did our jobs extremely well.
“We had to weather some pressure late on but I thought we deserved our win for our effort and honesty.
“It was a brilliant performance – to a man.
“We didn’t want to suffer the same kind of defeat as last year where we dominated and we never really got in the game.
“We had shots today, chances and I hope it shows that we have improved as a team.”
Akins fired home after defender Kyle McFadzean had been dragged down by Fulham skipper Kevin McDonald and ref Stephen Martin pointed to the spot.
It proved to be the winner despite Fulham dominating most of the second half.
Burton grabbed a 12th-minute lead when Stephen Warnock netted his first goal since he scored for Leeds – in August 2014.
The pace of Sean Scannell got him in behind the Fulham defence and although Marvin Sordell was crowded out the ball fell kindly for Warnock to roll into the empty net.
Oliver Norwood’s equaliser came just after the half-hour.
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 boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: “They were a little lucky. We created chances like always but we didn’t score like always.”
SPOT ON: Lucas Akins