Burton Albion were once agan made to rue a poor first half performance as they went down 2-1 to hard working Aldershot Town at the Pirelli Stadium. Two goals from former Chesterfield frontman Wade Small put the Shots ahead before Shaun Harrad grabbed one back for the Brewers on the stroke of half time.
Paul Peschisolido's men came out fired up for the second half but lacked the invention required to break through the stubborn Aldershot resistence.
Peschisolido brought winger Lewis Young back into the starting eleven for the visit of Aldershot Town to the Pirelli Stadium. Young came in for Russell Penn who missed out with a thigh strain.
There were two other changes from the Friday evening defeat to Bury, Darren Moore came in to replace Tony James and Shaun Harrad also made his first start in three games, in for Jacques Maghoma.
Lewis Young nearly grabbed his first goal for the Brewers within the first 90 seconds. Aaron Webster's deft flick allowed Shaun Harrad space to cross low across goal from the left with Young just failing to get to the ball ahead of Clayton Fortune in the Shots defence. A minute later and Webster had appeals for a penalty waved away after a tangle with Darren Jones in the box.
Aldershot had their first chance on goal in the 16th minute. Marvin Morgan's pull back from the right byline went all the way through to Glen Little who tested Legzdins from 20 yards.
But a minute later and Aldershot took the lead. Scott Malone failed to deal with the ball on the edge of the six yard box and Wade SMALL was on hand to smash the ball past Legzdins.
The Brewers had a stronger appeal for a penalty in the 20th minute when James Collins appeared to have his legs taken from under him by Darren Jones after a neat piece of footwork in the area.
Anthony Straker brought another good save out of Legzdins in the 24th minute. His low shot from 25 yards had the Brewers keeper at full stretch to tip the ball away. Aldershot's goal had given the visitors confidence and they were enjoyin much more possession in the Albion half of the pitch.
And the pressure paid off when SMALL stole in to grab his second of the night in the 26th minute. Clayton Fortune knocked down a long freekick and Small got to the ball first ahead of Darren Moore to strike the ball across Legzdins into the bottom corner.
Burton were rattled and Small was almost played in for his hat trick in the 35th minute but Nathan Staton managed to cut out Marvin Morgan's ball across goal after a swift Aldershot counter attack.
Small then turned provider and set up Morgan 12 yards out but his shot was at a kind height for Legzdins who was able to gather comfortably.
The Brewers almost grabbed one back before the break. Webster's cross from the left was met superbly by the head of Harrad but the striker guided his effort narrowly wide of the far post. Bolder then drilled a shot just wide of Jamie Young's goal in first half injury time.
And the home side did manage to narrow the deficit before half time. Lewis Young played in Shaun HARRAD on the edge of the area who finished brillianly past Jamie Young with a side foot effort.
Half time: Burton Albion 1 - 2 Aldershot Town
It would have been the Brewers looking to carry on the momentum into the second half but it was the visitors who came back out the stronger. An incredible run from centre back from Darren Jones almost ended in an opportunity for Morgan and Small was continuing to threaten with his lively pace.
Andy Corbett came on to replace Ryan Austin in the 56th minute, Austin had taken a knock to his ankle in the first half.
And it was the substitute who nearly made an instant impact. Corbett played in Harrad down the right and continued his run to almost get on the end of Harrad's return ball across the area.
Adam Legzdins then made a good save from Morgan in the 58th minute, spreading himself well to deflect away the Shots striker's effort.
The Brewers were begining to come more into the game and Peschisolido made his second change in the 70th minute. Greg Pearson came on to replace the hard working James Collins.
Adam Bolder had a goalbound shot charged down in the 75th minute after good work from Lewis Young down the right.
Legzdins was then called into action in the 78th minute to save well from Morgan after Wade Small had got in behind the Albion defence and set up his strike partner.
Burton could not maintain the pressure needed to sustain a threat on the Aldershot goal and with five minutes remaining were looking unlikely to equalise.
Aaron Webster had a chance deep into injury time with a 20 yard freekick from a central position but curled his effort over the bar.
Full time: Burton Albion 1 - 2 Aldershot Town
Scorers: Burton - Harrad (45+3) Aldershot - Small (16, 26)
Referee: Mr S. Mathieson
Booked: Aldershot - Morgan (47) Vincent (66) Fortune (66)
Brewers: LEGZDINS, WEBSTER, STANTON, MCGRATH, MOORE, HARRAD, AUSTIN (CORBETT 56), YOUNG, COLLINS (PEARSON 70), BOLDER, MALONE. Subs: POOLE, JAMES, CORBETT, WALKER, PHILLIPS, PEARSON, MAGHOMA.
Shots: YOUNG, HERD, VINCENT, GUTTRIDGE, JONES, LITTLE (MCGLASHAN 69), MORGAN, STRAKER, PANTHER, FORTUNE, SMALL (MORRIS 87). Subs: HARDING, HYLTON, MORRIS, MCGLASHEN, RANDALL, HUTCHINGS.