Jackson Irvine buried a dramatic 96th minute winner to give Burton Albion a famous 1-0 away win over Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield on Saturday night (AEDT).
On the back of his standout efforts with the Caltex Socceroos, Irvine came off the bench just after the hour at John Smith’s Stadium and got on the end of a breakaway deep into stoppage time.
The midfielder’s 10th goal of an exceptional debut Championship season sees Burton climb four points clear of the drop zone, while also denting Huddersfield’s automatic promotion chances.
Mooy slotted immediately back into the hosts’ starting side and proved a constant threat from set pieces throughout the 90 minutes.
Irvine himself drew a save from Terriers goalkeeper Danny Ward with a dangerous free-kick in the 70th minute.
Burton remained difficult to break down despite a lack of possession and sensed an opportunity when Huddersfield captain Dean Whitehead was dismissed in the 88th minute.
The visitors got their reward through Irvine’s late show, giving Nigel Clough’s side increased hope of surviving their first ever Championship campaign.
Irvine’s goal caps a dream week for the 24-year-old after he scored the opener in the Caltex Socceroos’ 2-0 defeat of the UAE in Sydney last Tuesday.
Mooy, who missed that match due to suspension, will turn his attention to Wednesday night’s clash with Norwich as Huddersfield seeks to keep the pressure on the top two.
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