IRVINE LATE SHOW TOPPLES TER­RI­ERS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Steven Chicken

NIGEL CLOUGH in­sists Bur­ton are not out of the woods yet but could not hide his ela­tion af­ter a dra­matic vic­tory over high-fly­ing Hud­der­s­field.

Bur­ton were un­der heavy pres­sure through­out, but the ten­man Ter­ri­ers’ con­tin­ual push for­ward to try to keep pace with the top two al­lowed Bur­ton to score a dra­matic last-ditch win­ner through Jack­son Irvine on the break.

The re­sult lifts Bur­ton four points clear of the dan­ger zone with seven games left to play, and Clough said: “It’s eu­pho­ria in the dress­ing room.

“I don’t think too many peo­ple gave us a chance to get any­thing, and the man­ner of the way we did it, scor­ing so late on, we’ve got to start to try and calm the play­ers down.

“It’s a big win for us but it’s by no means defin­ing that we’re go­ing to stay up from this. We’re go­ing to have to keep that up for the next seven. We’re go­ing to have to show the same sort of pas­sion and de­sire to keep the ball out of our net.”

Bur­ton’s back five were ex­cel­lent through­out, with Ben Turner par­tic­u­larly su­perb just a day af­ter be­ing found guilty of racially abus­ing Brent­ford’s Nico Yen­naris in De­cem­ber.

Clough added: “We’re in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­pointed and just have to wait for the writ­ten rea­sons. We stand by Ben 100 per cent.

“There’s cer­tain char­ac­ters who you can say, ‘Are you OK to play?’, ‘Yeah, I want to play’, and then he goes and plays like that. That’s the sort of char­ac­ter he is.”

It was a per­fect away per­for­mance from Bur­ton in a bad-tem­pered match that Hud­der­s­field dom­i­nated.

Brew­ers left-back Tom Flana­gan was in­volved in penalty shouts at both ends. He bun­dled over ram­pant right-back Tommy Smith in­side his own box on 23 min­utes but the ref­eree waved play on.

Scott Dun­can evened that out by again say­ing no two min­utes later af­ter Christo­pher Schindler’s tackle left Flana­gan ly­ing.

Hud­der­s­field had all the ter­ri­tory but were un­able to get the ball to their strik­ers, with Ra­jiv Van La Parra es­pe­cially waste­ful down the left.

That lack of a killer touch left the door open for Bur­ton and they al­most cap­i­talised eight min­utes from time as Flana­gan’s shot forced Danny Ward into a save. The Ter­ri­ers kept send­ing men for­ward in pur­suit of the three points, and John Bray­ford had to be alert to keep Michael He­fele’s header off the line.

White­head re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card for his overly-ag­gres­sive pur­suit of the fol­low-up, re­duc­ing Hud­der­s­field to ten men. And Bur­ton ex­ploited that ad­van­tage in the 96th minute, with Marvin Sordell beat­ing last de­fender Schindler on half­way be­fore squar­ing for sub­sti­tute Irvine to tap in.

Hud­der­s­field boss David Wag­ner said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing be­cause of the re­sult and be­cause of our per­for­mance, es­pe­cially with the ball and es­pe­cially in the fi­nal third.

“We’ve shown a lit­tle bit of a lack in terms of the qual­ity and we made too many wrong de­ci­sions.

“It’s not easy against such an op­po­nent. On one side you have to be pa­tient enough to have a good bal­ance to avoid coun­ters, and on the other you have to ac­cel­er­ate the game as of­ten as you can to break them down.

“I was sat­is­fied that the play­ers tried ev­ery­thing – not al­ways the right so­lu­tions, but they tried ev­ery­thing – and this makes it even more dis­ap­point­ing.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

JACK IN THE BOX: Bur­ton Albion’s Jack­son Irvine cel­e­brates his dra­matic win­ner with Marvin Sordell

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