Howell gets Fleetwood up and running
Dean Howell wrote his name into Fleetwood folklore as his goal earned Town a 1-0 win at Burton - their first in the Football League.
The full-back struck the Cod Army's first-ever Football League goal direct from a free-kick two minutes after half-time as the goals dried up for the home team.
Burton had the better of the first half but were unable to repeat the lethal finishing that powered them to a 6-2 midweek defeat of AFC Wimbledon.
Midfielder Jacques Maghoma twice saw shots flash the wrong side of a post and Billy Kee and Justin Richards were denied in quick succession by Fleetwood goalkeeper Scott Davies.
The visitors could have snatched the lead in a breakaway attack in the 38th minute but David Ball missed the target from 15 yards.
The goal Fleetwood had awaited since promotion from the Conference arrived in the 47th minute when Howell angled a free-kick into the far corner with the help of a deflection.
Maghoma had a shot saved at the second attempt and substitute Adi Yussuf fired narrowly wide as Burton battled in vain for an equaliser.
Burton Albion 0-1 Fleetwood Town: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.