BILLY Kee scored twice to earn Burton Albion their first win in five as they beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Adams Park today.
Kee struck in the 26th minute with a great shot on the turn after being set up by Lee Bell, before doubling the lead from the penalty spot after being brought down himself.
By then, Wycombe were down to 10 men following the sending off of Charles Dunne for two bookings, but the hosts pulled a goal back in the 90th minute through Matt McClure.
But, though they asked questions of the Brewers' defence, the new pairing of former Shrewsbury Town team-mates Ian Sharps and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff answered them with poise and strength.
Gary Rowett made two changes from the side which drew 2-2 with Scunthorpe United, as Sharps returned from suspension and came straight back into the side for Zander Diamond, with new loan signing Cansdell-Sherriff retaining his place.
And there was a new strike pairing as Adam McGurk replaced Michael Symes alongside Kee.
There was big news on the bench as well, with Dean Lyness missing out with a foot injury and his spot taken by goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole, who celebrated his 50th birthday in the summer.
Burton started quite well, with Robbie Weir twice trying his luck, once with a looping header that was saved by Matt Ingram and then with a low shot that went wide.
But errors at the back still plagued Burton, as Damien McCrory twice gave possession away, the second time leading to Dunne - bursting forward from left-back - forcing a low save from Jordan Pickford.
Kee then held the ball up well and set up McGurk, whose curling shot was saved by Ingram, while at the other end, Paris Cowan-Hall and Matt McClure got shots in.
Burton took the lead in the 26th minute as Chris Hussey's pass in from the left found Bell, who played in Kee, and he chested the ball down before hitting a shot on the turn that flew past Ingram and into the far corner.
Wycombe had a great chance just before the break when, after a Burton corner routine broke down, Dunne burst down the left and sent a low cross in for McClure, whose shot was deflected onto the roof of Albion's net.
Wycombe's hopes of making a good start to the second half were dealt a blow just two minutes in when Dunne, booked for a foul on Phil Edwards in the first period, brought the full-back down again and was shown a second yellow.
Kee doubled the lead from the spot shortly after the red card after earning the penalty himself.
Hussey found space and accepted the ball from an Albion free-kick before playing in Kee, who twisted and turned, went down once, got back up and was then fouled again by Doherty.
The referee awarded the penalty, and Kee sent Ingram the wrong way, scoring low to the keeper's left.
Two goals up and a man to the good, Burton took their foot off the gas, playing good possession football and waiting for their chance.
And a great passage of play almost led to Kee's hat-trick, but Ingram turned his shot around the post.
Edwards then hit the crossbar with a header after Sharps had nodded on, and Burton were made to pay for their profligacy when Wycombe pulled a goal back.
McClure picked up possession inside the area, turned and fired a shot past Pickford.
That made for a nervy final five minutes, but Albion held on to record the win.