Matthew Palmer’s equaliser for Burton Albion against Southend United on Wednesday night was their 350th Football League goal.The next milestone of 400 could well be achieved in the league above, after they went on to win 2-1 against the Blues, to restore a five-point cushion at the top of Sky Bet League 2, and move nine points clear of fourth spot, with eight outings to go.
Palmer’s goal was his second in successive games, following his strike in the 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley a fortnight ago, and it was the catalyst for a late comeback from the Brewers, who played half of the game with 10 men following Robbie Weir’s dismissal. Nasser El Khayati bagged the 88th-minute winner – their 351st Football League goal - to leave the Brewers in a strong position at the summit.
It was back in 2009 when Burton got themselves off the mark, with Greg Pearson scoring their historic first goal in The Football League, although the result was not what they wanted as they lost 3-1 at Shrewsbury Town.
Their 100th goal came the following season, coincidentally against Southend, when Aaron Webster curled home the first in a 3-1 triumph. Burton finished 13th, 19th and 17th in their first three campaigns, but previous efforts have seen them go much nearer towards promotion to League 1.
The Brewers lost to Bradford City in the Play-Off semi-final two years ago, and went one step closer last term, suffering defeat at Wembley against Fleetwood Town in the end-of-season showpiece. Now they are closing in on promotion, and will look to continue their march towards Sky Bet League 1 and that 400th goal when they visit Tranmere Rovers this weekend.
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