Cheltenham boss Mark Yates could not hide his delight for Chris Zebroski after the Bristol Rovers old boy responded to some stinging criticism with the winner in a 1-0 victory over his former club.

Zebroski capitalised on a mistake by Garry Kenneth six minutes before the break to fire home at the second attempt after his first effort was blocked.

Yates said: "I'm chuffed to bits for Chris. Some of the language directed at him by the home fans was way out of order. He has been fantastic since joining us and never gave the Rovers defence a minute's peace. It's one up to him on the night.

"We had to absorb some pressure at the end, but I felt we controlled most of the game. Rovers were desperate for a first home win and we knew it wouldn't be easy. But their goalkeeper has made a lot of good saves so I'm very pleased with our performance."

Rovers manager Mark McGhee is becoming increasingly frustrated by his team's failure to win at the Memorial Stadium, saying: "I'm very disappointed because I felt we had the chances to take something from the game.

"We should have created better scoring opportunities with some other attacks. But results are everything at the moment and we have to focus on getting three points against Northampton here on Saturday.

"There are positives in our performances and I know my team has goals in it. But at the moment we are not getting any reward for our efforts in home games. I can assure our supporters that we are working as hard as possible on the training ground to put things right."

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge came to Rovers' rescue with a brave save at the feet of Kaid Mohamed on 22 minutes, and the home side were generally second to everything in the first half.

Etheridge, on loan from Fulham, then kept his side in the game after the break with further saves from Jermaine McGlashan, Steve Elliott and Mohamed.

Robins keeper Scott Brown did well to keep out two David Clarkson shots and the visitors had to absorb some late pressure, but were good value for the points.