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Socceroo Irvine scores for Burton

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016

Socceroo Jackson Irvine headed home a goal in Burton Albion's 2-1 victory over Rotherham on Thursday night while Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa earned a late 1-1 draw in another English Championship clash with Leeds United.

For Burton, it was their first-ever away win in the second tier and moves them 12 points clear of bottom-placed Rotherham, who dominated for much of their encounter at New York Stadium.

It was a night of frustration for Paul Warne's men, who could not add to Tom Adeyemi's goal in first-half stoppage time despite a host of fine chances and their good work against Wigan on Boxing Day was undone as they sit 10 points adrift of Championship safety.

Their failure to take the lead inevitably cost them dearly and Burton hit them with a two-goal salvo in the space of five minutes before the break which effectively decided the contest.

The first came in the 36th minute and was the result of some slapdash goalkeeping from Lewis Price, who could only spill the tamest of shots from Lucas Akins and O'Grady tapped home.

The crucial second came when John Brayford whipped in a delicious cross which Irvine converted with a flying header as it crashed in off the crossbar.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Kodija converted a late penalty to earn Aston Villa a 1-1 draw with Leeds, maintaining his team's unbeaten home record in the Championship this season.

The Ivorian striker scored four minutes from time, after Leeds defender Liam Cooper handled, to cancel out the opening goal of the night by Pontus Jansson.

Fourth-placed Leeds climbed above Huddersfield Town on goal difference with 42 points from 24 matches while Villa, with Socceroos captain Jedinak solid in defence, rose one spot to ninth on 35.

Brighton and Hove Albion lead the way on 51 ahead of Newcastle United on 49.

Swede Jansson broke the deadlock in the 54th minute when he slipped his marker at a corner and rose to head powerfully into the net.

The defender, on loan from Torino, almost struck again a minute later when he hit the bar with a half volley.

The draw ended a run of three straight wins for Garry Monk's Leeds and a sequence of five successive home victories for Steve Bruce's Villa.

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