A poor piece of defending cost the Brewers dear as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Rotherham United. After a close first half the Millers came out more livley in the second period and took the lead when Burton failed to defend a long ball, with Adan Le Fondre getting the faintest of touches to put the ball past Artur Krysiak.
An evenly contested first half ended goalless, with Tom Parkes going closest for the Albion. Artur Krysiak didn't have a save to make but the constant threat of Adam Le Fondre kept the Brewers defence on their toes. Both Cleveland Taylor and Steve Kabba were impressive for Burton.
Paul Peschisolido made three changes to the starting eleven which overcame Hereford in last Saturday's dramatic 4-3 victory. Russell Penn and Steve Kabba returned from injury and came in to replace Jimmy Phillips and Greg Pearson. Paul Boertien came in for the suspended Aaron Webster at left back.
New Signing Romuald Boco started on the bench alongside Burton Youth Team prospect Kevin Grocott, who made his first appearance in the first team squad.
Last time these two sides met at the Don Valley Stadium in December the Brewers clawed back a 2-2 draw after going 2-0 behind. Goals from Greg Pearson and Aaron Webster earned the point that day. Millers top scorer Adam Le Fondre scored a brace in the match, Peschisolido will have been sure to make plans to deal with the lively striker.
The first effort of the game came from number 39 Adam Le Fondre on five minutes. The striker gathered the ball 20 yards out but curled the ball past the far post.
The first ten minutes passed with no clear chances for either side. Shaun Harrad thought he was clear through on the Millers goal but the attack was halted by the linesman's flag.
Steve Kabba and Harrad demonstrated some cute interplay on the edge of the Rotherham box after 20 minutes. This resulted in a shot from the angle by Harrad which was comfortably saved by Andy Warrington in the Millers net.
The Brewers had a couple of opportunites from free kicks and corners but so far failed to carve out any real chances. At the other end of the pitch Paul Boertien had to be alert to see away the danger from Tom Pope onn 22 minutes.
Cleveland Taylor was seeing plenty of the ball out on the left with Jacques Maghoma stationed on the right.
The Brewers were awarded a rare indirect freekick inside the penalty area on 32 minutes for a high foot. The ball was rolled to Harrad who blasted it into the Millers wall. Paul Boertien vollyed over the rebound from 20 yards.
Tom Parkes came close to opening his account for the Brewers on 40 minutes. A quick freekick into Kabba caused problems in the Rotherham area. Kabba got away a powerful effort which was well saved by Warrington. The rebound flew straight to the head of Parkes who nodded the ball wide from eight yards.
Le Fondre then almost went clear two minutes later, only for a great last ditch challenge by Boertien to deny the opportunity.
Shaun Harrad let one fly on the half volley after 45 minutes but the ball flew straight into the arms of Warrington.
Half time: Burton Albion 0 - 0 Rotherham United
Rotherham took the lead seven minutes into the second half. A poor goal to concede from the Brewers as a long ball forwards was not cleared, allowing LE FONDRE to bundle through and knock the ball past Krysiak.
Artur Krysiak made a great save after 62 minutes. Le Fondre's cross appeared to deflect off Penn, but Krysiak tipped it wide. Le Fondre then had a looping header hit the post from the corner, with the ball rolling along the goal line before being half cleared by Parkes. Nick Fenton then forced another outstanding save from Krysiak with a powerful header from a corner shortly after.
The goal had knocked the stuffing out of the Brewers with Rotherham now taking much more of a grip on the game.
With the Brewers struggling to break Rotherham down Peschisolido brought on Romuald Boco for his debut in place of Russell Penn on 72 minutes. There was almost an instant result as Harrad found Boco in plenty of space on the edge of the area but the Benin international's shot was charged down. Krysiak then denied Le Fondre on 74 minutes with a good low stop.
Millers substitute Marcus Marshall beat Krysiak to a through ball on 78 minutes. There was a collision, the referee awarded no penalty but as Krysiak protested his innocence Rotherham gathered and Le Fondre had a shot whip into the side netting of the unguarded goal.
Greg Pearson was brought on for Cleveland Taylor on 79 minutes as the Brewers went for three up front as they chased the game.
The Brewers had plenty of possession as the game slipped into four minutes of injury time but could find no way through to level the match.
Brewers man of the match: Tom Parkes - Another composed display from the 18 year old.
Referee: Mr K. Stroud
Booked: Burton - Kabba (86) Rotherham - Walker (86)
Brewers: KRYSIAK, CORBETT, BOERTIEN, JAMES, PARKES, TAYLOR (PEARSON 79) , MCGRATH, PENN (BOCO 72), MAGHOMA, HARRAD, KABBA. Subs: POOLE, WALKER, GILROY, PHILLIPS, BOCO, PEARSON, GROCOTT.
Millers: WARRINGTON, HARRISON, SHARPS, FENTON, POPE (MARSHALL 78), LAW, LYNCH, ELLISON, GUNNING, WALKER, LE FONDRE (MILLS 87), Subs: GREEN, CUMMINS, BROGAN, JOSEPH, MARSHALL, MILLS, ANNERSON.