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

1 Leeds United 27 +18 54
2 Sheffield United 27 +18 50
3 Norwich City 27 +14 50
4 West Bromwich Albion 27 +20 47
5 Middlesbrough 27 +11 46
6 Derby County 27 +4 43
7 Bristol City 27 +5 41
8 Birmingham City 27 +9 39
9 Nottingham Forest 27 +8 39
10 Hull City 27 +6 39
11 Queens Park Rangers 27 -2 39
12 Aston Villa 27 +6 38
13 Swansea City 27 +4 37
14 Blackburn Rovers 27 -6 37
15 Stoke City 27 -3 35
16 Sheffield Wednesday 27 -13 32
17 Brentford 27 +2 31
18 Preston North End 27 -5 30
19 Wigan Athletic 27 -12 29
20 Millwall 27 -10 28
21 Rotherham United 27 -17 25
22 Reading 27 -11 23
23 Bolton Wanderers 27 -22 22
24 Ipswich Town 27 -24 18