DECEMBERThe quietest month of the season was ahead of the Brewers, excluding the one game in May of course.
The festive period was kicked off with a 1-1 draw against Exeter City. Christian Ribeiro's late goal earned a point for Exeter as they and Burton missed their chance to put pressure on their League Two promotion rivals.
Burton took the lead when Jacob Blyth scored from close range after a cross evaded three Exeter defenders.
Adam McGurk connected with Alex MacDonald's pull back, but it deflected narrowly wide of goal as Burton missed a fine chance to kill the game off.
Exeter equalised when Matt Grimes' corner was headed in by Ribeiro.
A win for Burton would have seen them go joint-top of League Two with Wycombe, while Exeter would have moved into the play-off places with maximum points.
Manager less Hartlepool were left six points adrift at the bottom of League Two after a heavy defeat at Burton.
The visitors, who sacked boss Paul Murray following their FA Cup exit to non-league Blyth Spartans, fell behind to Alex MacDonald's angled shot.
Jacob Blyth set up MacDonald to double the lead from eight yards a minute after the break and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff's header made it three.
Stuart Beavon netted a fourth from 12 yards to send Burton up to second.
Burton Albion missed the chance to go top of League Two after a goalless draw at play-off chasing Southend.
Kevan Hurst's curling shot was tipped wide by visiting keeper Jon McLaughlin early on in a poor first-half.
McLaughlin kept the Brewers in the game after the break as he palmed Ben Coker's low free-kick around the post before saving Barry Corr's header.
Stuart Beavon had two good chances for the visitors but shot straight at Daniel Bentley on both occasions.
The result for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's Burton means they stay a point behind Wycombe in second place having played two games more, while Southend move up into fifth.
Burton continued their 100% home league record under manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to end the month in victory with victory over Tranmere, who remain in the relegation zone.
Rovers defender Liam Ridehalgh saw red for a foul on Kelvin Maynard and Damien McCrory scored the resulting penalty.
Shane Cansdell-Sheriff's header doubled Burton's lead from Matty Palmer's corner.