Oliver Lancashire's own goal gave Burton victory over a Rochdale side that played 83 minutes with 10 men.
Dale skipper Peter Cavanagh was sent off for a high challenge on Robbie Weir but the hosts struggled to get on top.
They eventually took the lead just before the break when Lancashire poked Billy Kee's pass into his own net.
Rochdale stood firm until the closing stages when Brewers defender Ian Sharps went close with a header and Michael Symes somehow shot over an open goal.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
"It was a great result and I'm not worried about the performances at this stage.
"We didn't play as well as we can do and we weren't anywhere near that. We moved the ball a bit too slowly and didn't take as much care of it as we could have done, but that's going to happen at times.
"This time last year, we'd played well, but we hadn't got the results we wanted apart from in the cup.
"This year we've not played too well but we've got two wins and a draw from the games we've played, so I'm pleased with the results we've had, but we can do an awful lot better."
On Peter Cavanagh's red card, Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I think 90% of the crowd would tell you it wasn't a sending-off.
"I know the coaches on both benches and the majority of players realise, because they've actually played the game, that it wasn't a sending-off and it was purely accidental.
"What helped make the referee's decision was the challenge previously, where Peter probably should have been booked, and he didn't book him. Instead of booking him for the second offence, he decided to show him a straight red.
"We'll have a look at it [appealing]. It costs the club a lot of money to appeal, but it will cost the club for Peter to be suspended for three games."
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Saturday, 10 August 2013
Lancashire (og) 44
07 Bell yellow card
09 Howe (MacDonald 73)
29 Kee (Symes 82)
04 Cavanagh red card
07 Vincenti (Bunny 70)
40 Henderson yellow card (Tutte 46)
11 Hogan (Done 46)
Ref: Seb StockbridgeAtt: 2,679
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:12 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+3:04 Shot comes in from Adam McGurk from the free kick which clears the target.
90:00+2:11 Oliver Lancashire challenges Michael Symes unfairly and gives away a free kick.
90:00+1:34 Damien McCrory restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+1:21 Matthew Lund gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Weir.
90:00+0:24 Michael Rose produces a cross.
88:16 Header at goal by Joe Bunney misses left of the target.
87:34 Shot by Michael Symes cleared the bar.
87:25 The ball is crossed by Chris Hussey.
85:15 Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.
84:56 The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Hussey.
84:12 Header by Ian Sharps goes harmlessly over the bar.
83:56 Corner taken by Alex MacDonald.
81:27 Substitution Michael Symes replaces Billy Kee.
81:11 George Donnelly takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
80:55 Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
80:38 Alex MacDonald is ruled offside.
79:36 Joe Bunney crosses the ball.
76:51 Free kick taken by Alex MacDonald.
76:45 Michael Rose challenges Alex MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.
75:46 Shot by Joe Bunney went wide left of the target.
75:20 Alex MacDonald takes a shot. Josh Lillis safely holds on.
74:19 George Donnelly has an effort at goal.
72:45 Substitution Alex MacDonald comes on in place of Rene Howe.
71:57 Michael Rose takes the free kick.
71:54 Billy Kee is ruled offside.
70:11 Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Rose.
69:45 Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Joe Bunney coming on for Peter Vincenti.
68:17 Centre by Rory Delap.
65:08 Marcus Holness manages to make a clearance.
64:32 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Hussey.
63:57 Chris Hussey delivers the ball.
63:15 Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
63:12 Billy Kee is ruled offside.
61:28 George Donnelly takes a shot and cleared the goal.
61:10 Rory Delap sends in a cross.
60:44 Oliver Lancashire manages to make a clearance.
60:37 The ball is sent over by Chris Hussey.
60:12 Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.
60:05 Handball decision goes against Peter Vincenti.
58:16 Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Rose.
57:51 A cross is delivered by Peter Vincenti.
54:40 Chris Hussey has a headed effort at goal. Josh Lillis catches the ball.
54:34 The ball is sent over by Adam McGurk.
52:26 Peter Vincenti takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
52:05 Jordan Pickford takes the free kick.
52:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bell by Matthew Lund.
50:39 Shot by Andrew Tutte.
49:39 Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
49:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy Kee.
48:51 Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
48:28 Billy Kee takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
48:00 Lee Bell restarts play with the free kick.
47:44 Foul by Oliver Lancashire on Rene Howe, free kick awarded.
46:47 Michael Rose crosses the ball.
45:10 Robbie Weir takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Ian Henderson goes off and Andrew Tutte comes on.
45:01 Substitution Matt Done on for Scott Hogan.
45:00+3:12 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+3:04 Damien McCrory takes the free kick.
45:00+2:45 Handball by Ian Henderson.
44:12 Scott Hogan takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
43:12 GOAL - Oliver Lancashire:Burton 1 - 0 Rochdale Oliver Lancashire scores an own goal. Burton Albion 1-0 Rochdale.
40:55 Header by Adam McGurk goes over the bar.
40:45 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Hussey.
40:14 Jordan Pickford takes the free kick.
39:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by George Donnelly on Chris Hussey.
37:40 George Donnelly takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
37:25 Free kick taken by Ashley Eastham.
37:16 Lee Bell is given a yellow card.
37:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lund by Lee Bell.
35:57 Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.
35:35 The official flags Rene Howe offside.
35:28 Rory Delap restarts play with the free kick.
34:54 Ian Henderson goes into the book for dissent.
34:39 Oliver Lancashire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Kee.
34:12 Free kick taken by Joe Rafferty.
34:05 Unfair challenge on Joe Rafferty by Rene Howe results in a free kick.
33:33 Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
33:13 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Hussey.
32:45 Ashley Eastham manages to make a clearance.
32:36 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Hussey.
31:18 Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
31:05 Rene Howe challenges Peter Vincenti unfairly and gives away a free kick.
30:57 Peter Vincenti makes a clearance.
30:49 Damien McCrory crosses the ball in from the free kick.
30:37 Peter Vincenti challenges Damien McCrory unfairly and gives away a free kick.
28:39 Ian Sharps has a headed effort at goal. Josh Lillis catches the ball.
27:03 Peter Vincenti takes a shot and goes over the bar.
26:53 Damien McCrory makes a clearance.
26:42 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ian Henderson.
24:43 Joe Rafferty takes the free kick.
24:38 Foul by Robbie Weir on Peter Vincenti, free kick awarded.
23:42 Free kick taken by Damien McCrory.
23:32 Lee Bell fouled by Ian Henderson, the ref awards a free kick.
22:51 Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
22:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy Kee.
22:16 Free kick taken by Marcus Holness.
22:05 Foul by Scott Hogan on Rory Delap, free kick awarded.
21:54 Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
21:33 Billy Kee concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Eastham.
20:54 Header by Adam McGurk misses right.
20:40 Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Bell.
20:06 Shot by Damien McCrory.
17:57 Clearance by Peter Vincenti.
17:52 Corner taken by Chris Hussey from the right by-line.
11:38 Clearance by Peter Vincenti.
11:34 Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Bell.
9:33 Free kick taken by Damien McCrory.
9:29 Chris Hussey fouled by Matthew Lund, the ref awards a free kick.
8:49 Chris Hussey delivers the ball.
8:35 Rene Howe has an effort at goal.
8:07 Damien McCrory takes the free kick.
6:58 Sent off
6:58 Peter Cavanagh sent from the field by the ref for serious foul play.
6:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Weir by Peter Cavanagh.
3:13 Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.
2:54 Unfair challenge on Lee Bell by George Donnelly results in a free kick.
0:28 Shot by Rene Howe cleared the net.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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