Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0.
Robbie Weir ended Bristol Rovers' five-game unbeaten run in a game which saw three players sent off.
He lashed home a 25-yard shot after earlier being on the receiving end of a reckless challenge which led to Chris Beardsley being dismissed.
Ollie Clarke had an effort blocked on the line by home skipper Ian Sharps.
Burton's Jimmy Phillips picked up a second yellow card in added time, before John-Joe O'Toole saw red for Rovers after a clash in the box.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
"We started brightly. I thought Dominic Knowles and Adam McGurk were very lively up front and it justified playing them together.
"And then we had a little spell towards the end of the first half where we got frustrated and couldn't quite keep it going.
"It's a shame, but that first sending-off changed the game completely.
"We've had it go against us so many times so I suppose people who say it evens out over a season could be right today."
Bristol Rovers boss John Ward:
"We've tried to get back in a game at 1 - 0, it's decided by a terrific strike but no one will talk about that.
"It's a late tackle and the referee has seen it as a red card. I agree that it's a late tackle and the referee has shown a red card which is his decision not mine.
"Anytime a player gets sent off from the field it changes the game, but I think my team stood up really well and stayed in the game as we've talked about at half time.
"We still had a chance going into the last few minutes, then we lost another player through a foolish act."
- 2EdwardsBooked at 60mins
- 25Cansdell-SherriffBooked at 52mins
- 17PhillipsBooked at 90mins
- 20McGurkSubstituted forHoweat 86'minutes
- 18KnowlesSubstituted forKeeat 76'minutes
- 3HusseySubstituted forBellat 80'minutes
- 24O Clarke
- 32O'TooleBooked at 90mins
- 19BeardsleyBooked at 37mins
- 7ClarksonSubstituted forHarroldat 62'minutes
- Paul Tierney
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0.
Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the red card for fighting.
Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) is shown the red card.
Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).
Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Rene Howe (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).
Substitution, Burton Albion. Rene Howe replaces Adam McGurk.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Philip Edwards.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Chris Hussey.
Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).
Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).
Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.