Two goals by striker Marc Richards helped Port Vale to victory as Burton ended the night with 10 men.
The home side went ahead on seven minutes when the unmarked Richards poked home Sean Rigg's cross.
Shaun Harrard put Burton level from the spot after Cleveland Taylor was fouled by Vale keeper Chris Martin.
Rigg made it 2-1 before Richards netted a penalty, with Artur Krysiak's red card for a professional foul rounding off a miserable night for Burton.
Burton Albion manager Paul Peschisolido told BBC Radio Derby:
"I am disappointed with the defeat but I can't criticise the lads effort.
"If you concede three goals away from home you are going to struggle. It's the same old story with players unmarked but I thought it was against the run of play."
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Richards (pen) 85
Harrad (pen) 15
04 Griffith yellow card
10 Fraser yellow card
17 Rigg (Davies 56)
26 Taylor (McCombe 72)
14 Dodds yellow card
30 Krysiak red card
02 Boertien yellow card
16 Penn yellow card
18 Pearson (Walker 13) (Poole 90+4)
Ref: EltringhamAtt: 4,458
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+6:16 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+5:48 Foul by Tommy Fraser on O'Neil Thompson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tony James.
90:00+2:55 Direct free kick taken by Tommy Fraser.
90:00+2:55 Substitution Kevin Poole on for Richard Walker.
90:00+2:55 Sent off The referee red cards Artur Krysiak for violent conduct.
90:00+1:44 Artur Krysiak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Davies.
89:35 Corner taken right-footed by Tommy Fraser to the near post, Richard Walker makes a clearance.
88:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Haldane by Tony James. Marc Richards takes the free kick.
86:50 Louis Dodds challenges John McGrath unfairly and gives away a free kick. John McGrath takes the direct free kick. Cleveland
Taylor takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Tommy Fraser makes a clearance.
86:08 Corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the right by-line, Gareth Owen manages to make a clearance.
84:36 GOAL - Marc Richards:Port Vale 3 - 1 Burton Albion Power penalty scored by Marc Richards. Port Vale 3-1 Burton Albion.
83:46 Foul by O'Neil Thompson on Craig Davies, Penalty awarded.
81:27 Tommy Fraser takes the inswinging corner, Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Boertien. Free
kick taken by Artur Krysiak.
80:16 Booking Louis Dodds goes into the book.
79:54 Louis Dodds challenges Russell Penn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John McGrath.
77:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Fraser from the left by-line to the near post, O'Neil Thompson makes a clearance.
74:50 Booking Anthony Griffith shown a yellow card.
73:20 Booking Paul Boertien receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
73:04 Paul Boertien concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Haldane. Tommy Fraser restarts play with the free kick.
71:37 Substitution John McCombe is brought on as a substitute for Kris Taylor.
71:37 Effort on goal by Cleveland Taylor from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
68:48 Paul Boertien challenges Lewis Haldane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Martin.
66:27 Corner taken by Kris Taylor, clearance made by Russell Penn.
65:20 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, John McGrath makes a clearance.
59:55 John McGrath takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Gareth Owen.
56:20 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Fraser played to the near post, clearance by O'Neil Thompson.
55:10 Substitution Craig Davies comes on in place of Sean Rigg.
53:11 Cleveland Taylor has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
51:56 Richard Walker takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Marc Richards.
49:36 Adam Yates challenges Jacques Maghoma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Boertien.
Correction - 45:48 Shaun Harrad produces a right-footed shot from close in and strikes the post.
45:48 Effort from inside the penalty area by Shaun Harrad strikes the post.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+5:08 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
45:00+3:07 Booking Booking for Tommy Fraser.
45:00+0:29 John McGrath takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gareth Owen.
43:47 Booking Russell Penn is given a yellow card.
43:04 Russell Penn concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Griffith. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.
34:28 Corner taken by John McGrath from the right by-line.
33:39 Shaun Harrad takes a shot. Save by Chris Martin.
33:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Owen on Jacques Maghoma. Direct free kick taken by John McGrath.
30:47 Outswinging corner taken by Tommy Fraser from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Paul Boertien.
30:15 Tony James challenges Sean Rigg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.
24:50 GOAL - Sean Rigg:Port Vale 2 - 1 Burton Albion Sean Rigg finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 2-1 Burton
19:53 Shaun Harrad takes a shot. Cleveland Taylor takes the inswinging corner, Kris Taylor makes a clearance.
18:13 Shaun Harrad gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kris Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Chris Martin.
14:57 GOAL - Shaun Harrad:Port Vale 1 - 1 Burton Albion Shaun Harrad scores a power penalty. Port Vale 1-1 Burton Albion.
14:18 Penalty awarded for a foul by Chris Martin on Cleveland Taylor.
12:07 Substitution Greg Pearson leaves the field to be replaced by Richard Walker.
10:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Greg Pearson. Chris Martin restarts play with the free kick.
6:39 Assist by Sean Rigg.
6:39 GOAL - Marc Richards:Port Vale 1 - 0 Burton Albion Goal scored by Marc Richards from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-0 Burton
5:53 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Boertien. Free kick taken by Chris Martin.
3:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Griffith on John McGrath. Free kick taken by O'Neil Thompson.
3:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Dodds on John McGrath. John McGrath takes the free kick.
1:52 Lewis Haldane fouled by Tony James, the ref awards a free kick. Tommy Fraser takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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