Burton Albion held off a spirited Northampton Town comeback to move out of the League Two relegation zone.
Andy Corbett put the Brewers in front from Jacques Maghoma's cross before John McGrath's tremendous 25-yard volley doubled the lead.
Cobblers keeper Chris Dunn then put through his own net to make it 3-0.
John Johnson's header gave the hosts a glimmer of hope before half-time and Andy Holt headed a second but it was not to be as Burton held out.
Northampton Town boss Ian Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton: "With our second-half performance we deserved to get a point out of the game.
"In the first half we were poor and I have to take responsibility for the way we played and for the shape we were set up in.
"But after the break I couldn't fault them. There was an urgency about us but it shouldn't take a rollicking at half-time to play like that."
Burton manager Paul Peschisolido told BBC Radio Derby: "This is not good for the heart at all! We said all along that set pieces would be the problem, so we worked on them the other day and thank goodness we did.
"We let them back in the game, but I'm proud of the boys. They were so resilient; they had to head everything, kick everything and throw their bodies on the line.
"It wasn't pretty at times, but it was great to hang onto the win; absolutely fantastic."
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Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Npower League Two
Dunn (og) 39
06 Beckwith yellow card
25 Tozer yellow card (Herbert 90)
08 Osman yellow card
28 Laurent yellow card (McKay 46)
11 Holt yellow card
08 Corbett yellow card
19 Maghoma (Young 90+2)
Ref: MillerAtt: 3,423
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+5:06 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
90:00+1:28 Corner taken by Michael Jacobs, clearance by Darren Moore.
90:00+1:28 Substitution Lewis Young comes on in place of Jacques Maghoma.
89:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by John McGrath on Abdul Osman. Free kick taken by Billy Mckay.
89:17 Substitution Ben Tozer leaves the field to be replaced by Courtney Herbert.
87:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Pearson by Josh Walker. John McGrath takes the free kick.
86:07 Jacques Maghoma gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Hall. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
80:52 Effort from inside the area by Andrew Holt misses to the left of the target.
80:23 Andrew Holt fouled by Greg Pearson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hall.
79:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Beckwith on Darren Moore. Direct free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.
74:28 The offside flag is raised against Leon McKenzie. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Austin.
70:48 Josh Walker has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
68:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Austin by Abdul Osman. Direct free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.
68:54 Booking The referee books Abdul Osman for unsporting behaviour.
67:51 Foul by Andrew Corbett on Josh Walker, free kick awarded. Josh Walker takes the free kick.
67:51 Booking Andrew Corbett receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
67:10 Michael Jacobs delivers the ball, Header by Billy Mckay from inside the area hits the post.
66:19 Billy Mckay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Moore. Adam Legzdins takes the direct free kick.
65:18 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Billy Mckay misses to the left of the target.
62:27 Abdul Osman has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
61:36 Andrew Holt fouled by Andrew Corbett, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Hall takes the direct free kick.
60:10 Handball by Paul Boertien. Assist on the goal came from Michael Jacobs.
60:10 GOAL - Andrew Holt:Northampton 2 - 3 Burton Albion Andrew Holt scores a headed goal from inside the box. Northampton 2-3 Burton Albion.
58:30 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John McGrath from the right by-line to the near post, Michael Jacobs manages to make
57:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdul Osman on John McGrath. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ryan Austin, save
by Chris Dunn.
56:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Beckwith on John McGrath. Ryan Austin fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
56:22 Booking Dean Beckwith receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
53:06 Greg Pearson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
51:32 Leon McKenzie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Corbett. Free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.
47:22 Jacques Maghoma is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
45:14 Unfair challenge on John McGrath by Leon McKenzie results in a free kick. Adam Legzdins takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:01 Substitution Billy Mckay replaces Francis Laurent.
45:00+3:38 The first half comes to an end.
45:00+0:30 Michael Jacobs provided the assist for the goal.
45:00+0:30 GOAL - John Johnson:Northampton 1 - 3 Burton Albion John Johnson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Northampton 1-3 Burton Albion.
38:48 The assist for the goal came from Russell Penn.
38:48 GOAL - Chris Dunn:Northampton 0 - 3 Burton Albion Own goal by Chris Dunn. Northampton 0-3 Burton Albion.
36:52 GOAL - John McGrath:Northampton 0 - 2 Burton Albion John McGrath gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Northampton 0-2 Burton
36:02 Unfair challenge on Jacques Maghoma by John Johnson results in a free kick. Paul Boertien takes the free kick.
34:48 Booking Ben Tozer receives a yellow card.
33:43 Paul Boertien fouled by Francis Laurent, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Boertien restarts play with the free kick.
33:43 Booking Booking for Francis Laurent.
32:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Jacobs. Free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.
28:15 Russell Penn fouled by Josh Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Legzdins takes the free kick. Effort on goal by Leon
McKenzie from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
24:33 Shot by Leon McKenzie from 18 yards. Save made by Adam Legzdins.
21:05 The assist for the goal came from Paul Boertien.
21:05 GOAL - Andrew Corbett:Northampton 0 - 1 Burton Albion Andrew Corbett fires in a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Northampton 0-1 Burton Albion.
18:54 Andrew Holt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Austin. Direct free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.
18:54 Booking The referee shows Andrew Holt a yellow card.
14:07 Dean Beckwith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Austin. John McGrath takes the direct free kick.
9:00 Corner taken by Josh Walker, Darren Moore makes a clearance.
7:46 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.
3:03 Greg Pearson fouled by Marcus Hall, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Boertien.
2:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Bolder on Abdul Osman. Marcus Hall restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the game started.
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