Burton Albion will be top of Sky Bet League One this Christmas, but they had to come from behind twice to rescue a point against Doncaster Rovers in this thrilling match that either side could have won.
Doncaster Rovers traveled to Burton in hope of getting a result from the game and very nearly pulled off a shock win.
Rovers took the lead in the fourth minute through Andy Williams, but Burton leveled quarter of an hour later through Calum Butcher.
The end-to-end action continued after the interval.
Nathan Tyson was fouled in the box but Williams missed the resulting spot-kick. Burton then went up the other end and took the lead, Butcher grabbing his second of the game.
It was Doncaster’s turn to level things and, with 20 minutes to go, Paul Keegan curled in a free kick to make it 2-2.
Doncaster were awarded their second penalty of the contest, and this time Tyson fired home to give the visitors a 3-2 lead but, with time running out, Mark Duffy rescued a point for Burton Albion.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things that we learned from an absorbing contest at the Pirelli Stadium…
1) Defend? No thank you!
This wasn’t a great defensive display by either team but what a thrilling game the fans were treated to.
Both teams played attractive attacking football – it was a great advert for League One.
Both teams contributed to a fantastic spectacle, which both sets have fans will feel they could have and perhaps should have won.
Fans will want more games like this please although managers would probably not agree.
2) Doncaster could make a play-off push
If they play like this, they will win more games than they lose.
League leaders Burton play some of the best football in this division, and Doncaster matched them all the way to the end.
They really impressed and with Tyson and Williams up front, they have a dangerous duo.
3) There’s life after Jimmy
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink left for QPR and you wondered how the Burton players would react, and whether there would be a dip in form.
No is the answer.
They have continued in the same manner that has seen them to the summit of the division.
Burton look like they will cross paths with their former manager next season in the Championship.
Burton and Doncaster fans… What did you think of the game? Will Doncaster make a push for the Play-offs in the second half of the season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!