A POOR second-half performance saw Burton Albion lose to a great Paddy Madden strike at promotion rivals Scunthorpe United today.
At half-time, the Brewers looked the only team likely to score, but failed to carry that intensity into the second half, and were beaten when Madden thundered a shot into the top corner just before the hour mark.
There were two personnel changes and an alteration in formation from boss Gary Rowett, as he switched to the 4-5-1 used to good effect at another promotion challenger, Chesterfield.
Billy Kee was the one man up front, with Matty Palmer replacing him in a three-man central midfield, while Alex MacDonald came in for the injured Zeli Ismail on the right wing.
After a woeful first 15 minutes from both sides in which no-one could string a series of passes together, Albion grew into the game and dominated the remainder of the half, marked by winning six corners to their opponents' none.
Kee was instrumental in much of Albion's good work, once his team-mates stopped aiming passes above his head and started playing the ball to his feet.
He had on shot on the turn which went over, but there was plenty of threatening build-up play around the area as Scunthorpe certainly did not look like a side unbeaten in 21 games.
The hosts failed to muster a shot on target in the first half, their best chance when ex-Brewer Sam Winnall found David Syers, who mis-kicked when well-placed at the near post.
Ten minutes into the second half, Iron boss Russ Wilcox had seen enough, making a double change, and from then on his side dominated, taking the lead four minutes later.
Lee Bell, who had faded after a good first period, saw his clearance only make it as far as Madden, who put his foot through a great shot that gave Rob Lainton no chance.
The Brewers were deflated by the goal, and failed to muster a meaningful chance, although Phillips shot wide and Bell saw an effort blocked.
But Scunthorpe had a great chance to extend their lead when Phil Edwards brought down Gary McSheffrey just inside the area, but Lainton guessed right and saved McSheffrey's penalty low to his right.
Marcus Harness made his league debut and Dominic Knowles came on to try and rescue a point, but the afternoon ended on an even sourer note when Marcus Holness limped off injured.