Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Accrington Stanley 1.
Billy Kee grabbed a goal in each half as League Two promotion-chasers Burton Albion beat struggling Accrington Stanley ,their first win in five games.
Visiting goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli made fine reaction saves to deny Kee and Jimmy Phillips early on but Kee's deflected strike made it 1-0.
Stanley levelled when Dean Winnard headed in Lee Molyneux's free-kick.
However Kee calmly stroked home a penalty winner after Phil Edwards had been dragged to the floor by Winnard.
The Brewers move up to fourth in the table, ahead of Oxford United who were beaten 3-0 by third-placed Rochdale.
Accrington remain 22nd, but are only four points from the relegation zone.
Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
"I would say that's probably the brightest we've started a game. Arguably we could have been two or three goals up in the first ten minutes and we wanted to come out quickly and we wanted to try and put them under pressure.
"I spoke to the players about this stage of the season and at this stage it's all about winning games. You know, it doesn't matter how you do it, it's about winning games and that's it.
"You can look as nice or as pretty as you want to but if you don't win the game, it's irrelevant. That was it today, we needed to win the game."
- 14McCroryBooked at 68mins
- 6SharpsBooked at 21mins
- 19IsmailSubstituted forBellat 90'minutes
- 18KnowlesSubstituted forMcGurkat 73'minutes
- 17PhillipsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 60'minutes
- 16HuntBooked at 72mins
- 3LiddleSubstituted forWebberat 85'minutes
- 6WinnardBooked at 80mins
- 4JoyceBooked at 24mins
- Andy Haines
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Accrington Stanley 1.
Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley).
Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).
Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Zeli Ismail.
Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Danny Webber replaces Michael Liddle.
Goal! Burton Albion 2, Accrington Stanley 1. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty Burton Albion. Philip Edwards draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Michael Liddle.
Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley).
Attempt saved. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Adam McGurk replaces Dominic Knowles.
Attempt saved. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.