27 Apr 2017
LG PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: CLOUGH EDGES CLOSER TO CHAMPIONSHIP SURVIVAL WITH WIN AGAINST LEEDS UNITED
The League Managers Association’s five-man panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, has determined that the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Burton Albion for their vital 2-1 victory against Leeds United on Saturday 22nd April 2017.
The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.
Burton Albion Manager Nigel Clough will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and a LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to commemorate the result.
Two goals in as many minutes inside the last quarter of an hour from Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly inspired Burton Albion to a famous 2-1 victory over promotion chasing Leeds United and propelled them to within a point of securing a second season in the Championship.
A tight encounter between two sides with all to play for in the final three games of the season sprang to life inside the final quarter of an hour as Sordell bagged his fourth of the campaign with an unerring finish from just inside the box. With the pandemonium inside the Pirelli still reverberating around the stands Kightly also bagged his fourth goal in yellow taking Sordell's pass and firing beyond Rob Green to have Albion two up with a little over ten minutes remaining.
Albion had little time to settle on their lead though as Leeds skipper Kyle Bartley found himself unmarked at the back post to convert Chris Wood's headed effort and set up a grandstand finale with ten minutes to go. Whilst Leeds threw everything they had at Burton to try and keep their play-off hopes alive Albion's defence heroically threw themselves in front of anything that the men from Elland Road could muster to seal what could yet prove to be their most significant victory in the second tier of English football. If there was ever a good time for Albion to produce back to back wins for the first time this season it was now. Nigel Clough's men are now up to the heady heights of 18th in the table having dragged QPR into the battle at the bottom as well.