ALBION suffered late heartache at the University Of Bolton Stadium as Bolton Wanderers came from behind with two late goals to snatch a 2-1 victory.
Albion had taken the lead inside the last twenty minutes through Sam Hughes first goal of the season and the home side had to rely on their substitutes to secure a first ever win over the Brewers as Amadou Bakayoko equalised with three minutes of normal time remaining before Jon Dadi Bodvarsson fired home in a hectic penalty area from a last ditch corner.
The home side had ramped up the pressure having gone behind but Albion had defended stoicly and looked all set to keep their unbeaten run going against the Trotters.
After the crucial home win against Cheltenham Town on Saturday it was the first of two away games as they headed to the University Of Bolton Stadium for a tough looking encounter with the Trotters who sat in the play-off places at kick-off time. Dino Maamria opted for just a solitary change with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson starting in a more advanced wide midfield role with Joe Powell dropping to the bench as a result.
Bolton came out of the traps quickly. Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley led the break out and as the angle tightened against Dapo Afolayan on the left he fired into the side netting with less than ninety seconds on the clock.
Bradley was at the heart of Bolton's next real threat on ten moinutes sliding a ball through into the left channel for Elias Kachunga to run on to but his pass to Afolayan was despatched wide of the post by the former West Ham youngster.
Aaron Morley wasnt shy in trying his luck from distance on thirteen minutes. Encouraged by the home support he set himself from 25 yards out but drilleda low efofrt wide of Ben Garratt's post.
Davis Keillor-Dunn had a couple of chances to get Albion on the scoreboard as the game settled down somewhat but his first effort appeared to hit Victor Adeboyejo before the winger drifted out to the left and found room for curling effort that ended up closer that it looked like it might as it whipped beyond the post.
Albion suffered a blow when skipper John Brayford had to come off with only twenty minutes gone. Albion's talismanic defender went down inside his own box and after attention form Nick Fenton passed the captain's armband to Deji Oshilaja as he left the field to be replaced by Jonny Smith. Tom Hamer switched to right back and Borthwick-Jackson moved to left back as Smith took up a position wide left.
The Brewers were looking dangerous when they got the ball into the box and a teasing cross to the back post from Terry Taylor found the head of Sam Hughes and the big defenders knock back into the centre landed at the feet of Onyango but with a shot perhaps on he tried to nudge it through to Adeboyejo who saw his close range effort smothered by James Trafford in the Bolton goal.
Neither side could muster a real chance in what remained of the first half as the Lancashire rain began to fall.
Half time: Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Burton Albion
The second half started in much the same way the firts half ended. Bolton had plenty of the ball but without being able to seriously threaten Garratt and his goal.
The home side looked more dangerous when they were able to counter on Albion and Bradley continued to look a big threat down their right hand side and a devliish low cross on 65 minutes was inches away from the boot of Kachunga as Garratt came out to smother.
Powell was brought on midway through the second half to bring fresh legs on in wide areas as Keillor-Dunn made way.
Wanderers keeper Trafford made a hash of a clearance as the game approached the last twenty minutes and went down requiring treatment moments later, a nervous moment for the home bench with no sub keeper on the bench.
Albion built up a spell of pressure and it told for them on 73 minutes as they edged in front. The second corner in a row was swung in by Taylor and HUGHES rose high at the back post to nod in via the post.
Bolton immediately made a change and threw Icelandic striker Bodvarsson into the attack in search of an equaliser.
The pressure mounted on the Burton goal as the game entered the final ten minutes and twice substitute Kieran Sadlier was denied form inside the box as Garratt stood firm to keep him out as the striker got a clear sight of goal.
But for all their passing and attempts to play through the Albion defence, in the end it was a long ball from keeper Trafford that evaded the Brewers back line and substitute BAKAYOKO nipped in to fire in a shot that Garratt got hands to but couldn't keep out.
Seven added minutes were signalled at the end of the game and Albion found themselves under the cosh as Wanderers pushed for a winner. As Sadlier found room on the right cross in his low ball deflected off Kieran Lee and came back out off the face of the post with Albion eventually scrambling the ball away to safety.
Albion had a late corner that Trafford dropped but recovered to save from Mariappa at close range before Borthwick-Jackson and Wanderers skipper Ricardo Santos both lasted wildly off target.
But there was to be a sting in the tail as the home side grabbed a late winner. Garratt made an outstanding save to deny Bradley but from the resulting corner another save from the Albion keeper fell to Bodvarsson and he fired home with virtually the last kick of the game.
ALBION: Garratt; Brayford (Smith, 21, Thorpe, 89), Hughes, Mariappa, Hamer; Taylor; Onyango, Oshilaja; Keillor-Dunn (Powell, 67), Adeboyejo, Borthwick-Jackson.
Substitutes: Sinisalo, Butcher, Thorpe, Lakin, Kamwa.
GOALS: BOLTON - Bakayoko (87), Bodvarsson (90+8) ; ALBION - Hughes (73)
Referee: Sam Allison