Albion's old Conference foes Stevenage returned to haunt them as they ran out 2-0 victors at the Pirelli Stadium. John Mousinho got the visitors off to a perfect start scoring after just three minutes and the midfielder completed Burton's misery, slotting home a penalty three minutes from the end of the match.
After a hard fought point on Saturday at home to promotion chasing Gillingham Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido made just one change to his starting line for the game against Football League new boys Stevenage, Aaron Webster proved his fitness after a calf strain to replace Jimmy Phillips and taking up the central role behind striker Sam WInnall. On the bench there was a welcome sight for Brewers fans as Calvin Zola continued his recovery from injury by returning to the squad.
The Brewers got off to a poor start and after struggling to even get out of their own half in the opening stages they fell behind in the fourth minute. Full back Lawrie Wilson got the better of Scott Malone down the Stevenage right and found Craig Reid. The former Newport County striker managed to guide the ball on to John MOUSINHO and from the edge of the area the former Wycombe midfielder rifled a shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
The visitors, with no fewer than seven defenders in their starting line-up, continued to press and close Albion down with their high energy game and the Brewer were struggling to get a foothold in the game. The first real moment of attacking intent for Albion came in the 13th minute as Aaron Webster started a move, sweeping the ball out to Scott Malone who put in a cross that Webster met but could not guide on target.
Albion were encouraged and moments later had the ball in the net from another cross by Malone but this time his right wing centre was met by Sam Winnall from an offside position with the assistant's flag immediately ruling out the Wolves man's effort.
The Brewers almost found themselves two goals down in the 20th minute as another swift move from Stevenage came close to doubling their advantage. Darius Charles, a defender now operating as a striker, found himself with room to turn inside the box and his low shot was firstly pushed aside by Legzdins but it still required Andy Corbett to complete the clearance. Albion quickly had a chance to equalise with Winnall and Webster combining on the edge of the box but hurried into his shot, Webster sliced his effort wide of the post.
Just after the half hour mark the game the game became a little feisty. Andy Corbett was caught after the ball had gone with referee Rob Shoebridge facing the other way and Russ Penn getting brought down by Mousinho on the half way line as he tried to break away.
Scott Laird was the first man to go into the referee's notebook for hauling down Penn as he tried to break down the right and the resulting free kick from Malone was only inches away from the head of Winnall inside the penalty area.
Half time: Burton Albion 0-1 Stevenage
Referee Rob Shoebridge was unable to continue after the break and he was replaced by the fourth official Wayne Porter.
Albion needed to get off to a good start in the second half and a surging run from Jacques Maghoma released Russ Penn down the right but his cross was too close to chris Day who claimed the ball safely before Albion could get a head on it.
Stevenage's response was for full back Lawrie Wilson to go on a surging run that was only halted by a strong challenge from Darren Moore twenty yards from goal. Craig Reid also got himself into a goodf position moments later managing to turn on the edge of the box and lift a shot wide of the post.
Burton stirred themselves for their best spell of the game and after a free kick from Malone had been fortuitously deflected over the Stevenage bar by a defender, the resulting corner also saw Adam Bolder smash in an effort that was saved by the legs of goalkeeper Chris Day.
After a lengthy stoppage for treatment of Scott Laird it was the Brewers who went close to getting a goal. Chris Day opted a punch out Malone's cross and when McGrath put the ball back into the box, Aaron Webster's deft header slipped wide of the post.
The introduction of Calvin Zola after his injury lay-off gave Albion renewed hope but it was skipper John McGrath who came close with a low drive that Day tipped wide and as Albion kept the pressure on from the corner kick Adam Bolder's back post header was just inches from the boot of Zola as he slid into the six yard box.
Albion continued to push but luck evaded them inside the penalty area. A rasping shot from Russ Penn was blocked and Zola's lay off was deflected back to Day off one of his own defenders as Webster looked to latch onto the loose ball.
Zola spurned a good chance as some neat passing from Penn, Webster and Winnall released him through the middle but the on loan frontman scuffed a low shot straight at Day.
Darren Murphy came on to bolster the Stevenage midfield while Greg Pearson was introduced for Sam Winnall as the Brewers continued to chase an equaliser. There were anxious moments asMalone picked up a booking for bringing Wilson down on the edge of the penalty area. Stevenage were adamant they wanted a penalty but referee Porter was having none of it. They did not have long to wait as Murphy went down in the box from John McGrath's challenge and MOUSINHO drove the penalty low into the bottom left corner of Legzdins net. To deepen Albion's woes McGrath picked up a yellow card to ensure he will now miss two matches through suspension.
ALBION: Legzdins; Corbett, James, Moore, Malone; Bolder, McGrath; Penn, Webster, Maghoma; Winnall. Substitutes: Poole, Walker, Austin, Phillips, Pearson, Dyer, Zola.
STEVENAGE: Day, Wilson, Laird, Charles, Ashton, Foster, Reid, Roberts, Mousinho, Bostwick, Henry. Substitutes: Murphy, Long, May, Bridges, Beardsley, Sinclair, Maamria.
Referee: Mr. R.Shoebridge (Derbyshire)
GOALS: Stevenage - Mousinho (4, 87 pen)