Burton beat 10-man Southend 2-1 to extend lead at top of League Two
Last Updated: 18/03/15 10:33pm
Burton battled back from a goal down with 10 men to snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory against Southend and extend their lead at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.
After failing from the penalty spot, Barry Corr gave the visitors the lead and Burton looked to be in deep trouble when midfielder Robbie Weir was sent off shortly before half-time.
But Matty Palmer scored for the second game running and fellow substitute Nasser El Khayati grabbed a 89th-minute winner to take Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men five points clear at the summit.
Corr's penalty, awarded for a holding offence by John Mousinho, bounced wide after being pushed onto a post by John McLaughlin in the 22nd minute.
However, the Southend striker would not be denied and his persistence paid off as the game exploded in added time at the end of the first half.
Corr swept in Joe Pigott's low ball into the box and was then on the receiving end as Weir was shown a straight red, apparently for the use of an elbow.
Burton came out fighting in the second half and a brilliant counter-attack was finished in style by Palmer from the edge of the area in the 56th minute.
And with a minute of normal time remaining, the hosts broke again with El Khayati cutting inside and sending s hot into the far corner of the net.