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Burton Albion 2-1 Leeds United

Chris Wood (right)
Promotion-hopefuls Leeds United have won just one of their past six games

Burton Albion all but secured Championship football for a second season with a home win over Leeds that dented the visitors' play-off hopes.

Marvin Sordell curled in to give the hosts the lead with 15 minutes to play.

Two minutes later, Michael Kightly slotted into the far corner but Leeds quickly hit back through Kyle Bartley's close-range effort at the far post.

Leeds could not find a late equaliser and dropped three points below the top six with just two matches remaining.

Victory was Burton's second in a row, after winning at relegation rivals Birmingham on Monday, and lifted them six points above the drop zone with just two games to play.

The Brewers - competing in the second tier for the first time in their history this season - look set for another year in the Championship and could well be joined by a seventh-placed Leeds side whose top-six prospects were hampered by a fourth loss in six games.

Garry Monk's team had hope of a late comeback when centre-back Bartley poked in from top scorer Chris Wood's guided header across the face of goal.

But Leeds' Kemar Roofe had an effort cleared off the line with six minutes to play and that was as close as the visitors came to earning a point.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough: "With the other results around today it was imperative that we got something out of this one, either a draw or a win. To win the game with all the nervous tension around the place, especially in the last 10 minutes, speaks volumes for the character of the players.

"I am very pleased with our two goals. It's a lovely strike from Marvin Sordell. Once he gets turned he hits it with such power and accuracy it's difficult for the goalkeeper. Then you get the second so quickly and it would have knocked the stuffing out of most teams but Leeds came straight back at us.

"To be one point away, as it stands, we won't be celebrating or anything until we get that point, hopefully at Barnsley. The dressing room is euphoric right now but tinged with an element of disappointment that it is not done yet. We thought we might do it today but it hasn't worked out that way so we keep battling on."

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk: "I think it is an extremely unfair result on my players to be honest. Second half there was only one team on the front foot. We started it extremely well and we were pushing and looking the most dangerous team.

"The goal came right against the run of play and it was a mistake from ourselves and they got the goal from it. From there we lost our composure a bit. I think it was the shock of them scoring when we were on the front foot.

"They got a second in that short period and we had to fight right to the end. We perhaps didn't have the right quality in certain situations today but we didn't deserve to lose that game."



Formation 4-5-1

  • 13Bywater
  • 3BrayfordSubstituted forMcCroryat 79'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Turner
  • 2Flanagan
  • 10Akins
  • 24Christensen
  • 4Mousinho
  • 36Irvine
  • 11DyerSubstituted forKightlyat 65'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 9SordellSubstituted forVarneyat 85'minutes


  • 8O'Grady
  • 14McCrory
  • 15Naylor
  • 16Palmer
  • 19Varney
  • 27Campbell
  • 28Kightly


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Green
  • 2Ayling
  • 5Bartley
  • 18Jansson
  • 21Taylor
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forPedraza Sagat 66'minutes
  • 25Vieira
  • 7Roofe
  • 19Hernández
  • 11DoukaraSubstituted forSackoat 61'minutes
  • 9Wood


  • 10Antonsson
  • 14O'Kane
  • 15Dallas
  • 24Sacko
  • 28Berardi
  • 29Pedraza Sag
  • 30Peacock-Farrell
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Leeds United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

    Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Michael Kightly (Burton Albion).

  6. Booking

    Michael Kightly (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Michael Kightly (Burton Albion).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Burton Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Hadi Sacko (Leeds United).

  12. Post update

    Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

  14. Post update

    John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Marvin Sordell.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Bartley.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Burton Albion 2, Leeds United 1. Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Wood with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory replaces John Brayford.

  20. Post update

    Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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