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Burton Albion take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this afternoon (3pm) with relegation on the cards for either side should results go against them.

Albion will be buoyed by last weekend's stunning 3-1 defeat of A38 rivals Derby County, and they could relegate the Black Cats and maintain their miraculous survival hopes with another victory here.

Lucas Akins applauds the crowd after Burton Albion's 3-1 win over Derby County
Lucas Akins applauds the crowd after Burton Albion's 3-1 win over Derby County

But the opposite could be true, too, with Sunderland capable of sending Albion down into League One if they beat Nigel Clough's side and Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United respectively.

If Bolton and Birmingham win, then the Brewers' stay in the Championship will officially be over even if they draw today.

Chris Coleman watches on as Sunderland are beaten by Preston North End

Can Burton continue their survival dream on their first visit to Wearside?

Follow it all here and remember that to get in touch and have your say, you can tweet us @BurtonAlbionBM, @JoshuaMurrayBM or @RichardCusackBM.

Key Events

Nigel Clough on Sunderland's relegation

He discusses the plight of his hometown club and where they should go next...

FULL PIECE HERE.

Chris Coleman and Nigel Clough
Chris Coleman and Nigel Clough (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

Chris Coleman reaction - full story...

He’s apologised to Sunderland’s supporters after today’s result..

FULL PIECE HERE.

Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

Nigel Clough reaction - full story...

I don’t think you’ll get a more drama-filled last 10 minutes than that in any game in any league. They hit the bar, nearly getting the second goal, us getting an equaliser, then the winner, a goal disallowed - there was all sorts going on. But that’s what happens at this stage of the season. Fortunately, we have come out on top in today’s encounter - but it could easily have gone the other way. We had similar at Huddersfield last season, when we got a very late winner.

FULL PIECE HERE.

Pandemonium as Burton Albion go 2-1 up at Sunderland through Liam Boyce
Pandemonium as Burton Albion go 2-1 up at Sunderland through Liam Boyce (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

Today's results...

I can confirm I'm a fortune teller...

This is what it means...

Coleman discusses THAT decision...

Burton play Bolton so it’s going to balance itself out for us unfortunately, but I think because it was such a mess, the last 60 seconds of the game with the craziness of the decisions from the referee and his linesman. It’s not why we got relegated, don’t get me wrong because we’ve been here for 44 games. Just look at the 95 minutes, that was an absolute mess caused by themselves, so everyone was a little bit confused, but obviously I know who’s playing who and what’s going on. So it’s compounded really, the disappointment of losing so late on. to Burton who are a place above us. This is the fourth time in five games we’ve been leading and we don’t hang onto that. We don’t hang onto those points and if you don’t do that then you end up with where we are. If you don’t have what you need, and as a group we haven’t, then you come up short.

Lee Cattermole argues his point as Sunderland have a goal disallowed for handball against Burton Albion
Lee Cattermole argues his point as Sunderland have a goal disallowed for handball against Burton Albion (Image: Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

Coleman discussing Sunderland's relegation...

I’m very affected by the feeling of relegation. It’s my first one as a manager, so that’s obviously very painful. But whether we were planning for this division or the ones below, a lot of things need to happen here. That was whether we stayed up or not. There’s things here that need to change.

Chris Coleman and Nigel Clough
Chris Coleman and Nigel Clough (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

Chris Coleman is here...

I’d like to apologise to everybody, the supporters of the club, for coming up short. For not having what was needed.

Chris Coleman during Sunderland's 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion
Chris Coleman during Sunderland's 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion (Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

More reaction from Clough

Not many drama-filled last 10 minutes than that i don’t think. At any stage of the season, there seemed to be everything in the last 10 minutes. Obviously when they score the equaliser in the 96th minute we were concerned then. The players are adamant that it was handball. I think that’s why you saw the reaction from them, three or four of them, led by the captain. They went to go and talk to the referee and all we’d like him to do is going and ask the assistant what he’s seen. And they were adamant that it was a blatant handball. I haven’t seen it back yet so I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Sunderland's goal ruled out for handball
Sunderland's goal ruled out for handball (Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Clough speaks...

We just keep it going another week. Bolton at home next week - our aim for the last few weeks has been to take it to the next few weeks. I didn’t think he’d (Bent) quite get that reaction. He was telling me before the game he did quite well.

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

Nigel Clough is on his way

Here he is...

Confirmation from today's opponents

Join in the conversation on Facebook...

Benty sends a message...

Darren Bent cups his ear to the Sunderland fans
Darren Bent cups his ear to the Sunderland fans (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

Nigel Clough and Chris Coleman to come

This is going to be interesting...

The verdict is in...

Benty's goal...

Darren Bent equalises for Burton Albion against Sunderland
Darren Bent equalises for Burton Albion against Sunderland (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

Well, well well...

Two goals and one disallowed in the final six or seven minutes - madness.

FULL-TIME!

GET IN!

What a comeback from the Albion.

2-1 they win here, utter madness.

90: To summarise...

NO GOAL!

Handball!!!!!!

GOAL!

Sunderland equalise and it’s bundled home.

Referee Darren England is going to consult his linesman.

90: Nervy ending in store

Sunderland are coming forward and win a corner.

GOAL!

LIAM BOYCE!

He heads home and the Brewers are in front!!!!!!!

89: CHANCE!

Darren Bent meets Sordell’s cross and Steele does well to pal away his effort!

Close!

88: Chance!

McGeady’s set-piece is flicked onto the crossbar!

88: McNair dances down the left-hand side

And he’s brought down for a free-kick in a dangerous area...

87: Burton throwing the kitchen sink at it

Sordell comes forward but his cross is blocked...

85: GOAL!

Darren Bent nods home from close range after Hope Akpan’s shot was only parried clear.

Burton back level and Sunderland are shell-shocked!