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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Ben Marshall (61')

Ben Marshall opens Millwall account in victory at Burton

Ben Marshall's first goal for Millwall secured a fourth successive away win for Neil Harris' men as a 1-0 home defeat plunged Burton into more trouble at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship.
The on-loan Wolves winger got onto the end of Jed Wallace's 61st-minute cross to send the ball back across goal before watching it nestle in the back of the net.
Albion, however, had undoubtedly edged the first half in terms of goal-scoring chances. Darren Bent had two good chances to open his Burton account after joining on loan in January.
The former Aston Villa striker was able to run straight through the Millwall defence and collect a booming clearance from Burton keeper Stephen Bywater, but he delayed his shot a moment too long and allowed Jake Cooper to get back and make a vital challenge.
In the 39th minute a second opportunity came Bent's way - a superb through ball by Jacob Davenport setting him up for a shot on his left foot which he skewed well wide from the edge of the penalty area.
Substitute Damien McCrory - on for skipper John Brayford, who succumbed to a niggling calf problem after just a quarter of an hour - sent in a delightful curling centre for Hope Akpan to head wide as Burton cranked up the pressure
As half-time drew nearer, Cooper was again in the right spot to deny Bent as he looked to get on the end of Lloyd Dyer's cross.
Millwall struggled to carve open Albion in the first half, Kyle McFadzean making a couple of important interceptions to protect his keeper.
Bywater was grateful to eventually drop on a loose ball at the back post after Cooper's header from a corner had prompted an almighty scramble just yards from goal.
Cooper was again the man causing problems early in the second half with a towering back-post header that Bywater parried before watching on as his defence scrambled it clear.
Substitute Fred Onyedinma almost added a second on 73 minutes, with Bywater at full stretch as he watched a curling effort sail past his left-hand post.
Albion spurned an excellent chance to equalise on 78 minutes when Tom Naylor found space at the back post to attack a corner kick, but he could not keep his header down as the goal opened up for him.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 17 +8 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 +11 31
3 Leeds United 17 +12 30
4 Sheffield United 17 +8 30
5 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 28
6 Derby County 17 +5 28
7 Nottingham Forest 17 +7 27
8 Swansea City 17 +6 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 17 -1 26
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 -1 22
15 Brentford 17 +4 21
16 Wigan Athletic 17 -7 20
17 Sheffield Wednesday 17 -9 20
18 Preston North End 17 -4 18
19 Rotherham United 17 -9 18
20 Reading 17 -5 16
21 Millwall 17 -7 16
22 Hull City 17 -8 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -12 16
24 Ipswich Town 17 -14 11