Away-day blues for Brewers and Diamond sees red in poor loss at Wycombe
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SO much for the opportunity presented by playing two of League Two's strugglers.
Burton Albion have found both Aldershot Town and Wycombe Wanderers in resurgent mood and, two defeats and no goals later, find themselves needing to get back on track.
These losses have been a reminder, were one needed, that the old cliché about there being no easy games holds good – there really is very little to choose between most sides in League Two.
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For the Brewers, travelling is becoming a problem. They may have got all of their longest trips – three to Devon, those to Southend and Gillingham – out of the way but six goals away from home all season is a concern, even though those goals have brought three wins.
At Wycombe, Burton were plainly the better side in the first half but a harsh red card for Zander Diamond after 57 minutes effectively ended their chances, as Joel Grant put the home side two goals ahead from the penalty spot.
Rain hammered down for the entire match to make the pitch a quagmire and, ultimately, it was a thoroughly miserable afternoon for Gary Rowett and his team.
They certainly made a good start, moving the ball around well, and a good combination between Billy Kee and Jacques Maghoma worked an opening for Chris Palmer after 10 minutes, only for him to shoot straight at keeper Joel Archer.
However, they fell behind after 13 minutes in Wycombe's first notable attack. Dean Morgan beat Diamond in the air to head down a long ball forward and Grant had too much space for a shot which Dean Lyness did well to parry to his left.
Matt McClure was first to the rebound and although he contrived to screw his shot back in Lyness's direction, it went in off the prone keeper's body.
Wycombe might have had another when a poor pass from Lee Bell sold Damien McCrory short and Bruno Andrade strode clear to hit the outside of Lyness's left-hand post with a shot.
Generally, though, it was Burton getting forward, with Palmer finding space to get crosses in from the right.
Kee brought a save from Archer, to his right, when Calvin Zola chested a cross down, although Zola, wearing a Petr Cech-style head protector after his recent knock, was below his best.
It did not help him that referee David Webb saw no problem with centre-half David Winfield's constant holding and nudging and, to be fair, all centre-halves do it, Burton's included, to the extent that each referee allows.
Diamond had a header scrambled clear from one of eight corners Palmer put into dangerous areas in the first half, while Maghoma had a free kick saved by Archer, who did well to grab a slippery ball at the third attempt after 35 minutes.
Robbie Weir, who had a busy game, had a shot blocked and was almost in on a pass from Maghoma before half-time and there seemed plenty of cause for optimism at the break.
As it turned out, Burton could not keep up the pace and Wycombe were soon seeing more of the ball in the second half.
Lyness had to save Morgan's low shot from the left after 47 minutes and Morgan hit the post from a similar position after running on to a fine pass from Sam Wood after 54 minutes.
Three minutes later, the Brewers were deep in trouble.
As McClure ran diagonally across the box, with the ball running away from him, Diamond clattered into him.
A penalty was probably the right decision but the red card seemed unnecessary and Grant sent Lyness the wrong way from the spot.
Rowett sacrificed a striker, Kee, to keep a back four, with Marcus Holness coming on, and hard as Burton continued to work, they could make no headway.
It was 3-0 after 63 minutes when Wood sent over a cross from the left and Grant got in a good header.
Lyness again did well to parry that but was just as unlucky with the rebound, which fell obligingly for McClure to smash the ball in from 12 yards.
Perhaps the goalkeeper, who again looked solid, should wonder whether his defenders might have got to at least one of the rebounds first.
As conditions became worse, it became a matter of damage limitation for the Brewers and they at least achieved that.
But the reality of the second half was that, save for a free kick with McCrory hit into the defensive wall in stoppage time, they did not have a shot.
Substitute Junior Morias should have given the scoreline a more embarrassing look deep into stoppage time when he ran clear but Lyness won the one-on-one.
It is two weeks to the next League game now for Rowett's men and time, perhaps, for some reassessment – although they remain only two points shy of the top seven.