Two goals from Sam Winnall and Aaron Webster's tenth of the seaosn helped Burton Albion cruise past Lincoln City at the Pirelli Stadium. It was impressive performance from the Brewers who controlled the match for large periods of the game and restricted the visitors to few chances on goal.
Winnall's early strike came as a result of a mix up between Imps keeper Trevor Carson and Daniel Hone, leaving the on loan striker with an open goal to tap into. John McGrath picked out Aaron Webster for the second just after the break before Jaques Maghoma was fouled for a penalty which was calmy dispatched by Winnall.
Ashley Grimes pulled a late goal back for Lincoln but there was no doubt the hosts deserved a welcome three points.
Paul Peschisolido choose to go with the 4-2-3-1 formation for the midweek visit of Lincoln City. Wolves loanee Sam Winnall lead the line in front of a familar attacking midfield trio of Russell Penn, Aaron Webster and Jacques Maghoma.
Darren Moore was brought in for the injured Nathan Stanton and Andrew Corbett came in for Ryan Austin at right back.
Nialle Rodney, signed on a month's loan only hours earlier from Nottingham Forest, started on the bench for the Brewers as well as Simon Whaley who played almost an hour on debut against Crewe at the weeekend.
Burton Albion started brightly and could have taken the lead in the third minute when Aaron Webster saw his header cleared off the line following a corner kick.
And the Brewers did take the lead in the eleventh minute when Sam WINNALL capitalised on a mix up between Imps keeper Trevor Carson and centre back Daniel Hone. Webster's long ball appeared to be too far ahead of Winnall but Carson and Hone conspired to allow in the young striker who took the ball past Carson and tapped it into the empty net.
Russell Penn then almost put the home side two up when he jinked past his man on the edge of the area and fired a low shot just past the far post with Carson well beaten.
The match settled down with few chances on goal for either side. Jacques Maghoma and Ashley Grimes both had shots from the edge of the area blocked and Aaron Webster struck a left footed effort over the bar as the game approached the half hour mark.
Good approach play by Webster and Winnall allowed the latter to get away a shot on goal in the 31st minute but his strike lacked power and was comfortably gathererd by Carson.
Winnall nearly scored his second of the match in the 37th minute, latching onto a long ball and lobbing it over Carson but Adam Watts was back on the line and headed the ball against the bar before clearing to safety.
Half time: Burton Albion 1 - 0 Lincoln City
The Brewers needed another goal to calm any nerves and it came three minutes into the second half. John McGrath floated a beautiful cross into the six yard box for Aaron WEBSTER to side foot an easy finish past Carson.
The goal had settled the Brewers and they remained largely in control, the match followed a similar pattern to the first half with neither side creating many opportunities.
And with 62 minutes on the clock Steve Tilson made his first changes, bringing on Ben Hutchinson and Jamie Clapham for Ali Fuseini and Gavin McCallum.
Delroy Facey tested Legzdins with a powerful shot to the near post in the 67th minute but the Burton keeper was down smartly to make the save.
There was nearly a third for Burton in the 70th minute when Andrew Corbett's shot, which was heading wide, was deflected dangerously past the keeper but just the wrong side of the post for the Brewers.
Burton were awarded a penalty in the 74th minute when Jacques Maghoma was tripped by Mustapha Carayol just inside the area. WINNALL stepped up and cooly sent Carson the wrong way and set up the Brewers for a comfotable last 15 minutes.
With the Brewers cruising Paul Peschisolido brought on new boys Simon Whaley and Nialle Rodney for their first outings at the Pirelli Stadium in place of Russell Penn and Aaron Webster.
Lincoln pulled one back in the 82nd minute when Ashley GRIMES was given space on the edge of the area to pick his spot just inside the far post, well out of the reach of Legzdins.
The Imps were nearly in again in the 87th minute when substitute Scott Spencer got past Tony James down the left and flashed a cross shot just wide of the far post.
Full time: Burton Albion 3 - 1 Lincoln City
Scorers: Burton - Winnall (11, pen 75) Webster (48) Lincoln - Grimes (82)
Referee: Mr M. Haywood
Brewers: LEGZDINS, CORBETT, BOERTIEN, JAMES, MOORE, MCGRATH, BOLDER, MAGHOMA, PENN (WHALEY 79), WEBSTER (RODNEY 80), WINNALL. Subs: POOLE, WHALEY, WALKER, AUSTIN, PHILLIPS, PEARSON, RODNEY.
Lincoln: CARSON, WATTS, HONE, CARAYOL, MCCALLUM (CLAPHAM 62), O'KEEFE, KELLY, FACEY (SPENCER 76), HUNT, GRIMES, FUSEINI (HUTCHINSON 62). Subs: GREEN, MUSSELWHITE, HUGHTON, KANYUKA.