Stephen’s three-year Warn-ing is so sweet

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By MIKE DEVONISH

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

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