Burton Albion 1-1 Blackburn: Match Report

24 February 2017 10:36

Marvin Sordell denies Blackburn and Tony Mowbray as Burton rally for a point

Marvin Sordell lashed home a stunning equaliser for Burton that meant new Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray had to settle for a 1-1 draw in his first match in charge.

A headed own goal from Matty Palmer had given Blackburn a 31st-minute lead, as Mowbray led Rovers after taking over from Owen Coyle.

But Sordell levelled soon after the break and Burton's Lasse Vigen Christensen was then cruelly denied a late winner when his 20-yard effort hit both posts but stayed out.

Both sides were desperate for a victory to ease relegation worries but more importantly neither side could afford to lose.

Albion finished the night six points ahead of the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship after a productive five points from three games in the last week, with Mowbray left to reflect on his side sitting two points from safety.

Rovers looked anything but a bottom three side as they tore into Albion from the opening whistle and deservedly led at the break through Palmer's own goal. Danny Graham's right-wing corner flicked off the head of the Burton midfielder at the near post and looped into the opposite corner.

Although fortuitous in nature, the goal was just reward for a vibrant first-half performance from Rovers.

Neat one-touch passing and intelligent movement belied a club languishing in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship and it was not long before they had Albion penned back for long periods.

With Marvin Emnes pulling the strings going forward, their fluidity caused Burton numerous problems. The Dutchman was constantly picking out men in blue and white and stretching the Burton defence.

Emnes was also proving a danger in the box, his very presence just behind John Mousinho forcing two hurried clearances as crosses came into the Burton box in the first half.

Sordell's equaliser, eight minutes after the break, capped a good spell of pressure from Nigel Clough's men. Picking up the ball from Christensen he cut inside and sent a curling shot over the stranded Jason Steele from 25 yards.

Mowbray surprisingly substituted Emnes with just under a quarter of the match remaining, sending on Lucas Joao as part of a double change that saw Graham replaced by Sam Gallagher.

Although Rovers continued to press without Emnes, Albion were able to deal with the visitors attacking threat more comfortably, however Rovers' late substitute Connor Mahoney caused plenty of problems following his introduction.

Albion were only denied an unlikely stoppage-time winner by both posts.

Christensen took aim and watched in frustration as his sweet shot hit both uprights before Steele was able to grab it on the line. It would have been extremely harsh on Rovers had they left the Pirelli Stadium without so much as a point.


Source: PA


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