Greg Pearson made history with Burton's first Football League hat-trick as Paul Peschisolido's team ran riot with a 6-1 win against Aldershot.
The visitors' much-vaunted defence was swept away as Burton scored four times in the last 16 minutes of the first half.
A tight battle looked on the cards but the floodgates were opened when Pearson drilled home a penalty after a handling offence by Chris Blackburn in the 31st minute.
The striker then struck again with a clinical left-foot finish from 12 yards in the 39th minute.
Pearson was heavily involved as loan signing Steve Kabba opened his Burton account four minutes later.
Shots keeper Mikhail Jaimez-Ruiz did well to keep out a Pearson shot, only for the ball to hit Kabba in the chest and roll into the empty net.
The irrepressible Pearson completed his hat-trick in the first minute of added time when he nodded home from close range after Tony Jones had got his head to a Keith Gilroy corner kick.
Aldershot pulled a goal back when substitute John Grant headed home a Ben Herd cross in the 67th minute, but there was still more misery in store for the visitors.
Kabba scored his second from Gilroy's cross in the 72nd minute and the Shots were reduced to 10 men when skipper Anthony Charles was red carded for a professional foul on Jacques Maghoma five minutes later.
The Shots were ripped apart again in the 84th minute as substitute Shaun Harrad made it 6-1 from Kabba's cross to give Burton their biggest win since promotion to League Two.
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