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Burton Albion 0 Oxford United 2 (Potter 49, Rose 85)
OXFORD United continued their impressive away form by ending Burton Albion's unbeaten record with two second half goals.
The home side had Ian Sharps sent off for kicking Dave Kitson just after the half hour mark, but it took until after the break for United to capitalise.
Alfie Potter scored an individual goal on 49 minutes which was almost a carbon copy of his effort on the same ground two seasons ago.
United remained convincingly in charge, but had to wait until five minutes from time to make the game safe, when Danny Rose bundled in from close range.
It sealed a third win from three away games in the league this season and extended their unbeaten run to six games.
U's boss Chris Wilder named an unchanged XI from the side which started the 1-1 draw with Rochdale a week earlier.
Top scorer Deane Smalley was fit enough to make the bench after missing two games with a hamstring problem, replacing Callum O'Dowda.
The visitors were quickly on the front foot thanks to a run from Potter in the opening minute.
His cross nearly came off for Kitson, but a poor clearance fell to Rose, whose first-time shot sailed over.
It was a rare sight of goal for the visitors in the opening half hour, as Burton went on to take control.
They moved the ball around well, with Chris Hussey impressing on the left.
It took nine minutes before the U's had to face one of Rory Delap's trademark long throws. They just about dealt with it, but the ball fell to Hussey, who volleyed over.
Michael Symes also headed off target, before the game settled down into a stalemate.
Burton had most of the ball, but United worked hard to prevent any clear chances.
The game burst into life on 34 minutes following an off the ball incident between Kitson and Sharps.
It ended with the U's striker pushing over the centre back, but referee Michael Bull saw the start of the altercation and gave Sharps a straight red for kicking out.
Kitson was booked for his role, but for the fourth time in six league games United faced ten men.
It gave the game added spice, with David Hunt and Rene Howe also going in the book before half-time.
With the man advantage the visitors saw much more of the ball and looked to keep their hosts moving.
A chance did not materialise before the interval, but the breakthrough arrived four minutes after the restart.
It came from a magnificent solo effort from Potter. There appeared no obvious danger when he collected the ball out wide, but a sharp turn exposed the defence and the winger fired a shot which found the corner of thanks to a slight deflection.
Tom Newey almost doubled the lead within three minutes, unfurling a stinging drive which goalkeeper Dean Lyness superbly tipped over.
Howe was fortunate to avoid a second booking for a late clip which sparked a bust-up between the teams.
The striker got away with a final warning from the referee, much to United's dismay.
The visitors lost James Constable to an ankle injury, with Smalley coming on in his place.
United kept the ball well to take the sting out of the game, it they only made the points safe five minutes from time.
Substitute Ryan Williams showed fantastic pace on the break to get down the flank and cross into the six-yard box. Delap got there first, but Rose pounced to tap in from less than a yard.
It finally killed off Burton, who suffered only their fourth league defeat at home in 26 games.
Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Potter (Marsh 90), Whing, Rose, Hall, Constable (Smalley 64), Kitson (Williams 78).
Unused subs: Crocombe, Raynes, Ruffels, Davies.
Burton: Lyness, Delap, Sharps, Holness, McCrory, McGurk, Bell (Palmer 75), Reed, Hussey, Howe (Phillips 75) Symes (Edwards 38).
Unused subs: Morch, Weir, Knowles, Dyer.
Referee: Michael Bull (Essex).