Kane Hemmings scored a spectacular goal as Burton won 4-1 over struggling Crewe.
Albion took the lead in the sixth minute with Harry Chapman, on loan from Blackburn, who scored at home with a composed finish after catching Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s pass and bursting into the box.
Crewe responded in the 18 minute, Tom Lowery threw home a 25-yard drive on the rise to equalize.
But it was Burton who took the game by the scruff.
Crewe’s ex-man John Brayford rushed home a second for the Brewers when Crewe struggled to cancel a long pass to put Burton back in the lead.
Then Hemmings scored the goal of the match, turning his defender before firing on Dave Richards for the 3-1.
This put Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men firmly in control at the interval.
Crewe struggled to find a way back after half-time and Richards denied Burton replacement Daniel Jebbison with a superb save.
But Jebbison got his goal in recovery with a nice finish to wrap up Burton’s victory after the good work of fellow substitute Joe Powell.