Burton Albion continue their preparations for the new Championship season with a first trip of the summer to EFL rivals - League One side AFC Wimbledon.

Nigel Clough's squad have been down in Southampton since Tuesday's 2-1 win over Solihull Moors, taking in some team-building leisure time and some training work ahead of back-to-back games this weekend.

They will hope to take their fitness and performances onto the next level against the Dons tonight, with Matlock Town coming up tomorrow (3pm) at Causeway Lane.

Clough is likely to reverse the playing time of those who started against Solihull in midweek, with many of the players who came off the bench at Damson Park in line to start against Wimbledon - who could boast former Brewer Darius Charles in their side.

Follow all of the team news and match action from Kingsmeadow with our brand new live matchday blog - and get in touch by commenting below or tweeting @JoshuaMurrayBM or @BurtonAlbionBM.

Goodnight from Wimbledon

Well that’s that for tonight - but Burton Albion will be back in action in less than 24 hours time.

Matlock Town host the Brewers at Causeway Lane tomorrow - and we’ll be there to cover friendly number five of the summer.

See you then!

John Mousinho
John Mousinho (Image: Rob Sambles/Epic Action Imagery)

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FULL TIME - AFC Wimbledon 3 - 0 Burton Albion

A night to forget, we’ll call that. Burton’s unbeaten start to pre-season is over - and fair play to the Dons, who were brilliant for long spells.

The manager's verdict

And here’s what Nigel Clough had to say about the game. It was a frustrating performance, but he says it was exactly what his side needed - and that’s why they came here.

The verdict

Right, here’s how we saw tonight’s game - some valuable lessons learned and a real test for Albion, which is exactly what they need at this stage of pre-season.

Burton Albion's management staff look on
Burton Albion's management staff look on (Image: Rob Sambles/Epic Action Imagery)

Picture of the match

AFC Wimbledon celebrate in their 3-0 win over the Brewers
AFC Wimbledon celebrate in their 3-0 win over the Brewers (Image: Rob Sambles/Epic Action Imagery)

GOAL to Wimbledon - Antwi

Done and dusted. Naylor tries to shepherd a ball out on the near side, but Jayden Antwi just keeps it in and races clear to bullet a shot in off the near post.

Oshilaja comes close

I couldn’t see who slid in to make that interception, but Oshilaja was unmarked at the back post and fires goalwards, only for it to be deflected over.

Immediate Sbarra influence

The youngster does brilliantly to win a header and flick on for Akins, who wins a free-kick.

Bent towards the back post by Palmer, Turner just diverts it wide.

And here comes Harry Campbell to complete Burton’s changes for the night.

Brewers sub - Sbarra and Fox for Irvine and Boyce

That’ll be that for Burton’s outfield changes. Plenty more running in the legs tonight.

Here comes the rain

The heavens have opened at Kingsmeadow. Burton looking for a route back into this game - to no avail as of yet.

Brewers subs - McCrory, Naylor and Palmer for Dyer, Warnock and Murphy

The Albion cavalry arrives? Time will tell.

Brewers building

It’s another Albion corner. They’re getting on top here - and that one leads to another.

Ross County duo up top

As I type this, Irvine intercepts a poor Dons pass and charges upfield - Boyce is then fouled, free-kick opportunity.

Sniffs for Boyce

Nice Mousinho cross from the right is deflected over via Boyce’s head, before he almost nips into nick the ball of Dons keeper McDonnell. Almost.

Liam Boyce
Liam Boyce (Image: Rob Sambles/Epic Action Imagery)

Brewers sub - Akpan for Sordell

A second change for Burton - another hour under the belt for Marvin Sordell, who makes way for Hope Akpan.

Marvin Sordell
Marvin Sordell (Image: Rob Sambles/Epic Action Imagery )

Frustration showing

It certainly did in that challenge by Turner on Kaja. Yellow card? Nope - but probably only because this is a pre-season game.

Dyer involved aplenty

Certainly in the first half, this man saw plenty of possession down the left.

Lloyd Dyer in pre-season action at AFC Wimbledon
Lloyd Dyer in pre-season action at AFC Wimbledon (Image: Rob Sambles/Epic Action Imagery)

Persistent by Akins - corner

Nice work down the right flank by Akins, who twice dummies to cross and beats his man - then eventually wins a corner when he does. It’s massively overhit by Mousinho though.

Cagey start to the second half

It’s not much prettier for Albion this half so far. Underhit passes, players not able to latch onto balls forward and some needless fouls - from both sides.

Back underway

The Brewers have got us going again.

Teams back out - and Albion make a change

Ben Turner is replacing Kyle McFadzean for the second half. Not sure if that’s tactical or down to a slight injury worry for McFadzean - more likely the latter.

Ben Turner in action for Burton Albion
Ben Turner in action for Burton Albion (Image: Richard Holmes)

Interesting from Chris Sutton on Liam Boyce

Chris Sutton - who enjoyed plenty of goalscoring success in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic - believes players in Scotland are being undervalued.

He namechecks Albion record signing Liam Boyce as well...

Half time

Fair to say that’s not the best 45 we’ve seen from Burton so far this pre-season. They showed flashes, but there was some sloppiness in there as well, not helped by the Dons pressing with such intensity from the back.

They’ve not been behind yet this summer - how can they respond?

GOAL to Wimbledon - McDonald

Fitting for this neck of the woods, like London buses, two goals come at once.

Ball over the top, McDonald in behind McFadzean and then a calm finish to beat Bywater. Test for the Brewers now to continue their winning run here.

GOAL to Wimbledon - Parrett

Albion the masters of their own downfall there. Mousinho passes into Murphy in his own half, with the Leeds United loanee put straight under pressure. Parrett tries to slide one pass through, Warnock blocks it but Parrett picks up again to send a low strike into the far corner.

Burton free-kick

Twenty-five yards out, just left of goal. Warnock takes it, lifting towards back post - straight out for a goal-kick.

About sums up this first half, to be honest.

Move of the game

It comes from Albion. Warnock finds Dyer, who lays it straight into Sordell, back to Irvine who threads through onto the run of Dyer, who has carried on forward.

He stands up a cross to the back post - but Deji Oshilaja chests behind as Akins lurks. Corner cleared.

Well over

That’s a fair verdict on Liam Boyce’s first sighting of goal tonight. Irvine’s cross drops to him in the box, at an angle, and he takes on touch before leaning back and fizzing a shot over the top of the stand behind the goal.

Mousinho on corner duty?

He looks to be from the right. Curled in, Irvine rises highest to head wide.

The set piece was won after a brave knock-on from Boyce to Sordell.

John Mousinho in action for Burton Albion against Newcastle United
John Mousinho in action for Burton Albion against Newcastle United (Image: Serena Taylor/Getty Images)