Irvine, who was sent off against Hull City last weekend shortly after scoring a fine goal, played the full 90 minutes for the Brewers.

Albion had to come from behind for the much-needed win, with second-half goals from Marvin Sordell and Lloyd Dyer.

Irvine almost got an assist when his angled cross found Tom Naylor but he put his effort over.

The result lifts Burton up to 19th after losing their opening three matches of the Championship season.

Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa, who face Norwich City on Saturday (midnight AEST), are now bottom.

Elsewhere overnight, Jamie Maclaren was an unused substitute as SV Darmstadt crushed St Pauli 3-0 in the German 2.Bundesliga.