TEN-MAN Burton Albion failed to hold onto a lead given to them by Adam McGurk as their man disadvantage eventually told against AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium today.
Marcus Holness was shown a straight red card in the 18th minute for an off-the-ball incident in which he appeared to push Sammy Moore in the face.
Albion then took the lead though as Adam MacDonald's low corner was fired home via a deflection by McGurk.
After the break, the Dons turned the screw though, and equalised when Chris Arthur sent the ball across to fellow substitute George Porter, who pulled back for Michael Smith to score.
The hosts doubled their lead when Jordan Pickford, for the second time in the game, spilled the ball from Arthur's cross, and Jack Midson capitalised to slam home the loose ball.
And it was three minutes later as Andy Frampton's bullet header from Luke Moore's corner completed a sorry second-half for the Brewers.
Boss Gary Rowett had made three changes from the side beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth last Saturday, with Robbie Weir returning from exile to replace Adam Reed, and Jimmy Phillips' leg injury keeping him out to be replaced by MacDonald.
Up front, the Michael Symes and Rene Howe experiment was ended as Dominic Knowles replaced the latter for his first league start.
The striker lasted just 19 minutes though, as he was the man sacrificed after Holness' moment of madness left Albion a man light in defence.
Liam Slade came on for his senior debut, and looked composed for the remaining 70 minutes.
Up to that point, it had been largely even, but Albion actually improved after going a man down, and took the lead when MacDonald's sent in a low corner, and in an almost carbon-copy of his first goal at Fleetwood, McGurk converted.
Wimbledon increased the pressure in the final 10 minutes of the half, helped by a catalogue of errors from the Brewers, but the visitors held out.
In the second half though, Albion could not hold on, with the introduction of the lightning-quick Chris Arthur causing havoc down the left.
And it was the substitute who helped set up the equaliser, doing what Callum Kennedy had completely failed to, and delivering a dangerous ball that Porter volleyed back in for Smith to net.
Rowett brought on Howe for Symes and Dyer on for MacDonald in an attempt to quell Arthur's foraging runs, but he set up the second, whipping in a cross that Pickford spilled, and Midson pounced.
Frampton's powerful header then compounded the misery with a third.