AKINS IS MAN ON SPOT FOR AL­BION

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Michael Hale

BUR­TON Al­bion boss Nigel Clough joked that he had for­got­ten who his side’s penalty taker was in their en­ter­tain­ing win over Ful­ham.

Lu­cas Akins’ se­cond-half spot­kick was enough to earn the Brew­ers three points af­ter Oliver Nor­wood had can­celled out Stephen Warnock’s first goal in three years.

And Al­bion man­ager Clough said it was nice to have ended an­other long run with­out be­ing awarded a penalty.

“It’s very rare so it’s nice to get one,” said Clough. “It was some­thing like two in 100 games be­fore to­day. That’s the prob­lem, with us get­ting so few we for­get who takes them with Boycey [Liam Boyce] in­jured.

“Last sea­son, Ful­ham came and ab­so­lutely dom­i­nated us. We had more shots in the first five min­utes than we had in the whole game last sea­son.

“In the last 15 or 20 min­utes you’re go­ing to be pegged back but even then we had our chances; Jamie Allen had a shot.

“Ev­ery­body did their jobs. Kyle McFadzean had his best game of the sea­son.”

Ful­ham had the first chance of the game as Ryan Fred­er­icks’ cross was volleyed goal­wards by Ryan Sesseg­non but the left-back’s vol­ley was de­flected into the arms of Stephen Bywater.

The visi­tors, as ex­pected, dom­i­nated the pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory but Bur­ton took the lead within the open­ing quar­ter of an hour.

Marvin Sordell was tack­led just as he looked to get a shot off in the box but the loose ball fell to Warnock, who had the sim­ple task of pass­ing into an empty net.

Nor­wood should have lev­elled less than five min­utes later but he skied his ef­fort over the bar af­ter Ste­fan Jo­hansen’s pull-back.

The Ful­ham mid­fielder atoned for his miss with the equaliser just af­ter the half-hour as his ef­fort from 20yards found the bot­tom cor­ner.

Jamie Allen was inches away from re­gain­ing Bur­ton’s lead in­stantly as his low drive re­bounded off the post.

Sean Scan­nell had a pow­er­ful ef­fort de­nied by the feet of David But­ton early in the se­cond half.

Bur­ton re­took the lead mo­ments later how­ever as Sesseg­non was ad­judged to have brought down McFadzean and Akins slot­ted the spot-kick de­spite But­ton get­ting a hand to it.

It was then Ful­ham’s turn to be de­nied by the wood­work as Sheyi Ojo smashed a shot onto the cross­bar de­spite be­ing un­marked at the back post.

Jo­hansen then couldn’t keep his half-vol­ley down from the mid­dle of the box af­ter be­ing teed up by Floyd Ayite.

Ful­ham boss Slav­isa Jokanovic be­moaned the de­ci­sion to award the match-win­ning penalty for Bur­ton but in­sisted his side have to im­prove should they wish to chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

“It’s cheap goals,” said Jokanovic. “The penalty was strange. We had a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in the op­po­site box, one was a penalty and the other wasn’t.

“I don’t want to com­plain about it or talk about it too much but it’s a strange at­ti­tude from the ref­er­ees.

“We give them two chances for the two ad­van­tages and in this game it’s not al­ways easy to score at the other end. At this mo­ment, we are not at a good enough level.

“We tried, we moved and we cre­ated the chances. Af­ter this ad­van­tage we gave them, what we de­serve or do not de­serve is not specif­i­cally im­por­tant.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

PARTY TIME: Stephen Warnock and Jake Bux­ton cel­e­brate, goal inset

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