Alex Neil’s appointment as Sunderland boss has not brought about an end to their winless run, with the Scotsman’s first two games in charge yielding a single point.
After drawing 1-1 away to AFC Wimbledon, the Black Cats played host to MK Dons on Saturday and after a goalless first half, it was the visitors who drew first blood, with Mo Eisa opening the scoring three minutes after the restart.
Sunderland hit back through Ross Stewart, who netted his 19th league goal of the season, but with less than 15 minutes to play, Connor Wickham came back to haunt his former club as he snatched all three points for the visitors.
That result leaves the Black Cats in 7th place, with goal difference keeping them out of the top six, but if they are to make the playoffs, Neil needs to find a winning formula.
Despite their recent poor run of form, Sunderland hold the joint-second best away record in the league, and they will be aiming for a 12th home league win of the season when they face Burton on Tuesday.
The Brewers, meanwhile, enter the midweek contest in a comfortable mid-table position, but Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be concerned by his side’s recent form.
Three of their last five games have ended in defeat, and in their most recent outing, they succumbed to a 3-0 away defeat against Ipswich Town.
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Goals from Kayden Jackson, Wes Burns and Bersant Celina condemned the Burton Albion to back-to-back away defeats and another away trip awaits in midweek.
Finding the net on their travels has proved to be a tricky task for Burton, who have scored just 13 goals in their 16 away league matches.
However, Hasselbaink will hope that his side can draw inspiration from the 1-0 victory that they picked up against Sunderland in the reverse fixture