AARON Amadi-Holloway bagged a hat-trick of second half headers against his former club to send Albion on their way to a 5-0 victory at Wycombe Wanderers as they bowed out of this season's Papa John's Trophy.
Charlie Lakin and substitute Jonny Smith both fired home left footed efforts within a minute of each other as Albion went goal crazy in the second half after a goalless opening forty five minutes ensuring that the Brewers notched their biggest ever win in the competition.
With both sides already out of the competition having lost their opening two games and with nothing but pride to play for Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opted to stick with the 3-4-1-2 formation that proved successful at Fleetwood in the FA Cup on Saturday but rang the changes in terms of personnel. Only Tom Hamer and Ryan Leak started from the FA Cup winning line-up and they were joined in a back three by Frazer Blake-Tracy on the left hand side. A new-look midfield four of Jacob Maddox, Charlie Lakin, ex-Chairboy Bryn Morris, given the captain's armband and Danny Rowe were the link between defence and attack with Harry Chapman asked to provide the creative spark behind strikers Omari Patrick and ex-Wycombe man, Amadi-Holloway.
Albion made a bright start and were inches away from a goal inside the first minute. Wycombe's young defence failed to deal with a long throw from Hamer, Leak getting on the end of it to flick it goalwards only to see it glance off the crossbar.
And Albion hit the woodwork on seven minutes too with Chapman's curling cross too deep for anyone in a yellow shirt but almost deceiving keeper Adam Pryzbek at his far post.
Pryzbek was called into meaningful action on thirteen minutes, Lakin testing him with a free kick that deflected off a defneder in the wall after Leak had been upended just outside the box.
Midway through the half Ellery Balcombe was forced into his first meaningful action of the game when Wycombe debutant Adam Leathers tried his luck with a long range effort that was on target but dealt with relatively comfortably away to the keeper's right.
But Albion responded with a good chance of their own, Blake-Tracy making a move into space down the left and finding room to pull back a cross to Patrick on the edge of the box, the striker taking a first time effort but seeing it arc wide of the post.
Balcombe did well again on 27 minutes as Wycombe launched a swift attack down their right before sending in a deep cross to the far post where Jordan Obita crept in to fire goalwards, denied by the Albion stopper.
Amadi-Holloway stung the palms of Pryzbek with a rising drive on the half hour and from the resulting flurry of corners that ensued Blake-Tracy was twice denied and Leak saw a scrambled effort deflected wide.
Albion were stringing some neat moves together in search of the opening goal and Amadi-Holloway was close again on 38 minutes meeting Chapman's cross with a firm downward header but guiding it just wide of the upright.
Half time: Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Burton Albion
Amad-Holloway's aerial presence almost brought the first goal on 47 minutes as more good play down Albion's left allowed Rowe to deliver to the far post and the striker headed wide.
Patrick then skipped away from a challenge by Wycombe skipper Forino and forced a good save from Pryzbek leading to the Brewers hitting the front. Rowe delivered the corner from the left and AMADI-HOLLOWAY rose highest inside the six yard box to glance the ball home.
Maddox was close to his first Brewers goal just before the hour mark, Wycombe failing to clear on the edge of their own box and allowing the on-loan midfielder to nip into the box and poke a rising effort over the bar.
Albion made their first change two minutes later with Patrick replaced by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson allowing Rowe to move into attack and the winger immediately had a good chance as Hamer drove to the bye line and pulled the ball back to him for a first time effort that couldnt quite find the target.
Burton doubled their lead on 71 minutes and it was AMADI-HOLLOWAY again capitalising when Chapman's cross looped up off a defender and the striker held his ground to flick a header into the empty net as Pryzbek tried, in vain to come off his line and clear the ball.
A double change followed immediately with Tom O'Connor and Jonny Smith sent on in place of Rowe and Chapman to bring more energy for the final twenty minutes.
Two goals in a minute put Albion well and truly into their comfort zone as Wycombe fell apart defensively. Switching off completely at a Hamer throw in they sat off as the defender threw the ball short to LAKIN on the angle of the box and with nobody closing him down he drilled home. From the restart Wycombe carelessly gave the ball away to SMITH and the winger drove forward and fired in a low left footer.
Albion were in cruise control now and they rounded things off with AMADI-HOLLOWAY completing his hat-trick with a goal almost identical to his first, a right wing corner, this time from O'Connor, glanced home by the big striker.
ALBION: Balcombe; Hamer, Leak, Blake-Tracy; Maddox, Lakin, Morris, Rowe (Smith, 72); Chapman (O'Connor, 72); Amadi-Holloway, Patrick (Borthwick-Jackson, 62).
Substitutes: Garratt, Borthwick-Jackson, Oshilaja, Powell, Smith, O'Connor, Gilligan.
GOALS: ALBION - Amadi-Holloway (50, 71, 90+3), Lakin (75), Smith (76)
PHOTO CREDIT: Wycombe Wanderers FC