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Match Report: Burton Albion secure 2-1 win over Gillingham

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Seven years ago, Nigel Clough led Burton Albion to promotion to the Football League, now he is just one point away from leading them to the Sky Bet Championship.

Burton Albion moved to within a point of promotion after a 2-1 win over Gillingham at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Both Burton and Gillingham were trying to win the game, as a point was not much use to either side.

Gillingham had both Bradley Garmston and Aaron Morris go off injured in the opening 16 minutes, which didn’t help the Gills. And it was Burton who opened the scoring when Lucas Akins got on the end of a Mark Duffy cross just before half time.

Gillingham equalised through Cody McDonald’s header early on in the second half, and the Gills pushed for a second goal but couldn’t find a breakthrough.

It was Tom Naylor who scored in the 92nd minute of the game to take all three points for the Brewers, meaning that only two Walsall victories from their last two games, one of which is today against Fleetwood Town, can prevent Burton from reaching the Championship.

FootballLeagueWorld writer Rob Booth identifies THREE things we learned from the game…

1) Burton Albion are going up

The Brewers are now six points clear of Walsall, who must win both of their final games to have any chance of catching them, whilst Burton only need one point from their last game to clinch promotion.

Burton’s last game is against Doncaster Rovers, who could be relegated by kick-off.

It is likely that the Brewers can manage at least a point against them to win back-to-back promotions, and earn themselves a place in the Championship, a division they have never played in before.

2) Gillingham could miss out on the play-offs

Earlier this season, Gillingham were in the mix for automatic promotion, but they have endured a poor run of form that’s seen them slip out of the top six.

They now sit in eighth place in the League One table, two points adrift of sixth place Barnsley.

To qualify for the play-offs, Gillingham must win their last game of the season at home to Millwall, who are also in the top six, and hope that both Barnsley and Scunthorpe United fail to win their final fixtures against Wigan Athletic and Sheffield United respectively.

3) Bradley Dack may be on his way out of Gillingham

Bradley Dack has been a stand out player for the Gills this season, scoring 13 league goals from midfield, plus 11 assists. He was subject of interest from a number of clubs in January, including Bristol City and Reading.

With promotion to the second tier looking unlikely for Gillingham, Dack could be tempted away if clubs in higher divisions come calling.

However, the Gills will be keen to hold onto him as he is a crucial member of the team, and he’ll also be very important if Justin Edinburgh’s side are to push for promotion again next season.

Burton and Gillingham fans… what did you make of the game? Will Burton be in the Championship next season? Can Gillingham still make the play-offs? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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