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Burton Albion and three other teams separated by one point in relegation battle

By JoshuaMurray  |  Posted: March 20, 2017

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Burton Albion are one of three sides just a point above the relegation zone after the weekend's action - and they were one of only three sides in the bottom seven to lose.

Before the Brewers had even kicked off at home to Brentford - a game they would go on to lose 5-3 after leading 3-1 at half-time - three of the teams battling around them for survival had already got their points tally ticking over once again.

Nottingham Forest's first game under new manager Mark Warburton saw them earn a 2-2 draw in dramatic circumstances at home to Derby County, that result enough to see them leapfrog Albion on goal difference, with both clubs on 41 points from 38 games.

Zach Clough gave the Reds a dream start inside five minutes, but Matej Vydra and David Nugent hit back in quick-fire fashion after the break to put Derby in control. That was until Daniel Pinillos popped up to head home a 94th-minute equaliser to provide Forest with a welcome response to the previous weekend's 1-0 defeat against the Brewers.

Nottingham Forest - here celebrating at Fulham - leapfrogged Burton Albion on goal difference

And Warburton was delighted with the fight shown by his side as they look to move clear of the drop zone.

READ MORE: Clough did not see Brewers' collapse coming against Brentford

"The most pleasing thing was the character the players showed to get control of the game again," he said.

"It would've been very upsetting not to take something from the game. After a really pleasing first half, it was frustrating to find yourself 2-1 down.

"But they showed great character and that got the late reward. We deserved the point."

Blackburn Rovers' unbeaten run under new boss Tony Mowbray extended to seven games as they drew 2-2 with Preston North End at Ewood Park - although they came within minutes of a win that would have left Albion in the bottom three by close of play on Saturday.

Tony Mowbray is still unbeaten after seven games in charge of Blackburn Rovers

After Tom Barkhuizen's early opener for the Lilywhites, Blackburn hit back to take the lead, Elliott Bennett crashing home a 20-yard strike before Craig Conway slotted Marvin Emnes' cross into the net.

The score stayed at 2-1 into stoppage time, and would have left Blackburn on 42 points, one ahead of the Brewers, Forest and Bristol City. But Aiden McGeady popped up in the 93rd minute to level the scores up for Preston and ensure it was Rovers who ended the weekend in the bottom three, on 40 points.

Bristol City were the weekend's big winners and movers, a 4-0 thrashing of promotion-hopefuls Huddersfield Town on Friday night seeing them up to 19th, also on 41 points, while Wigan Athletic's survival hopes suffered another hit.

They were beaten 2-0 at home by Aston Villa, leaving them seven points adrift of safety after 38 fixtures.


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