Burton Albion were the architects of their own downfall as they slumped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to AFC Wimbledon. They were more than holding their own against a side boasting a 100% home league record but the whole complexion of the game changed on 19 minutes when Marcus Holness needlessly got himself sent off for raising his hands to Wombles midfielder Sammy Moore. Despite the numerical disadvantage the Brewers actually went into the second half in the lead after Adam McGurk had swept in Alex MacDonald's corner on 25 minutes.
A rejuvenated Wimbledon came out for the second half and two substitutions swung the game in their favour as Chris Arthur and George Porter claimed assists as Matt Smith and Jack Midson helped overturn the deficit and a thumping header from Andy Frampton rounded off a dismal day in the capital for Burton.
Following successive home defeats to Oxford United and Portsmouth, Albion boss Gary Rowett made three changes to the starting line-up for the visit to the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
The back five unit remained unchanged with Rory Delap failing to recover from a hip injury. Alex MacDonald returned to the starting line-up on the right side of midfield as Jimmy Phillips also succumbed to injury. Robbie Weir returned to the centre of midfield to renew his partnership with Lee Bell whilst there was something of a surprise in attack where Rene Howe made way for Dominic Knowles, the youngster having impressed in his cameo substitute appearances so far this season to earn a full League debut.