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5 December 2016

MATTY Palmer believes that Burton Albion’s 2-1 win over Rotherham was a crucial one for his team.

Palmer scored a stunning goal in the second half after Jackson Irvine had opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour. Rotherham’s Tom Adeyemi scored in stoppage time to halve the deficit.

Palmer admitted that the Brewers were unsure of what to expect from the Millers following the resignation of manager Kenny Jackett earlier in the week, however, the midfielder said that Albion were the better side and deserved their win, even after a slow start to the game.

 “We had a few chances before [the second goal] to make it two. Jackson has had one that he should have scored, he says, but obviously just getting the three points was the main thing today.

“[Rotherham] were a bit of an unknown because obviously their manager isn’t there anymore, but I think we just played our own game. We didn’t start well but I think we grew into the game, we created more chances than them so I think we deserved the three points.” 

Paul Warne’s side started the game strongly, with two blocked efforts from former Shrewsbury winger Jon Taylor putting the hosts on the back foot. Izzy Brown also squandered a good opportunity for the Yorkshire side to equalise, heading wide from six yards out after getting on the end of a Danny Ward cross.  

The result puts the Brewers in 19th place, three points above the relegation places and level on points with their next opponents Brentford. 

Rotherham remain bottom of the Championship table with 13 points separating themselves and 21st place Blackburn Rovers.

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