Match ends, Burton Albion 4, Tranmere Rovers 2.
A six-goal Boxing Day thriller at the Pirelli Stadium saw Liam Boyce's brace help Burton beat Tranmere and record their first back-to-back League One victories of the campaign.
Albion deservedly went in front in the 12th minute. Scott Fraser won possession from Kieron Morris and was there at the finish to round off a flowing move that allowed Lucas Akins to set him up from six yards out.
Rovers battled their way back into it and were level in the 26th minute, Morgan Ferrier gratefully firing home the rebound after Neil Danns' header had struck a post.
Akins struck against his former side in the 50th minute after working his way into the box before firing low through a crowded six-yard box to find the bottom corner.
On the hour mark Burton had daylight when Boyce volleyed home his first of the afternoon from beyond the far post after excellent work from Akins and Fraser.
Morris took just four minutes to reduce the deficit, driving low inside the near post to set up a nervy finish, but Boyce's near-post finish four minutes from time clinched the points.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 2BrayfordSubstituted forHartat 88'minutes
- 5BuxtonBooked at 30mins
- 7QuinnBooked at 41mins
- 17SarkicSubstituted forSbarraat 84'minutes
- 8FraserSubstituted forTempletonat 90+1'minutes
- 35DannsBooked at 90mins
- 11JenningsSubstituted forMullinat 79'minutes
- 7MorrisBooked at 45mins
- Ollie Yates
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 4, Tranmere Rovers 2.
Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
David Templeton (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers).
Substitution, Burton Albion. David Templeton replaces Scott Fraser.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Ben Hart.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Ben Hart replaces John Brayford.
Goal! Burton Albion 4, Tranmere Rovers 2. Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Colin Daniel with a cross.
Offside, Burton Albion. Ryan Edwards tries a through ball, but Scott Fraser is caught offside.
Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Caprice tries a through ball, but Liam Ridehalgh is caught offside.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Sbarra replaces Oliver Sarkic.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Kieran O'Hara.
Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Caprice.
Attempt blocked. Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Colin Daniel with a cross.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Paul Mullin replaces Connor Jennings.
Stephen Quinn (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).
Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.