With Lee Bell a late withdrawal with a stomach bug, and Matthew Tipton away with his wife who had gone in to labour, Macclesfield Town picked up a useful point at Burton's Pirelli stadium thanks to a first goal of the season from Emile Sinclair.
The Silkmen began the game on the back foot as the home side looked to put a winless run behind them. But their possession was fruitless and the Silkmen could have opened the scoring when a great run from Colin Daniel beat three men before sending Ben Wright away. Wright latched on to the ball but only found the 'keeper with his low shot.
With the Silkmen support vocal in the stands, the Silkmen then took the lead. A great through-ball from Ben Wright saw Emile Sinclair running clear. His initial shot was well saved, but the winger had a stroke of luck as the rebound fell well and he made no mistake the second time.
Emile puts away the rebound.
Pearson should have levelled for the home side when his close range effort from a low-cross was fired wide and the Silkmen could then have doubled the lead when Nat Brown headed a corner straight at the 'keeper.
But the home side worked their way back into the game. A run from Pearson seemed to have the ball stuck top his feet and the Silkmen couldn't clear before he fired a shot across Brain and in at the far post.
Emile Sinclair could have then retaken the lead but his shot from a narrow angle after outpacing the full-back went over the bar.
The Silkmen started the second half brightly and John Rooney saw a long shot fly over the bar, but Jon Brain had to be on form to make a smart save and then breathe a sigh of relief when the rebound was put over.
Nat Brown could have scored from another corner as John Rooney's kick was headed powerfully just over the bar.
Jon Brain was in action again making a good save from a free-kick and was then relieved to see a low cross evading everyone in the box when two home players would have had a tap in.
The Silkmen exerted a spell of pressure and the best chance came form a free-kick wide on the left after a foul on Carl Tremarco, but the ball was cleared.
The Silkmen then gave a debut to young Michael Thomas who replaced Paul Morgan, who looked to be struggling with his groin, and slotted in to midfield with Hamza dropping back to the back line.
Burton looked to be finishing the game the stronger with two headers from corners flying well wide of the post, but neither side could find that elusive opening and the game finished 1-1.