Gillingham manager Martin Allen insists a goalless draw with last season's play-off finalists Cheltenham is worth far more than a point in the League Two promotion race.

Gills top scorer Danny Kedwell could not convert the game's best chance, smashing a shot against the crossbar from close range just before half-time as the leaders controlled proceedings after the Robins had dominated the early exchanges.

The ex-Cheltenham boss said: "The lads are really disappointed but I'm not because I think its a good point. They don't gain on us, the other teams at the top drew, so it's good news.

"It is another point towards the finishing post - we know the top teams in this competition are going to be tough to beat, but for the attitude and commitment of our players I'm happy.

"They (Cheltenham) were so unlucky not to win at Wembley and to be honest they should be playing in the division above now. I expect them to be promoted but it is our job to stay above them, and we will."

The Robins nearly went ahead in the 12th minute when Billy Jones' free-kick found Russ Penn, whose effort was saved by Stuart Nelson, with the Gills 'keeper also getting down to keep out Kaid Mohamed's low drive.

With 15 minutes remaining substitute Deon Burton met Matt Fish's cross but his diving header flew just wide to ensure Cheltenham left with a point boss Mark Yates felt was well deserved.

And having been all too aware of the danger posed by the league leaders, Yates was pleased Town limited an opponent who have been at times ruthless in front of goal.

"They have scored a lot of goals four or five times already this season and it was important we didn't give them anything to hang on to," Yates said. "We have shown I have a team of men. We didn't want to come here and say it's great to be involved in a top of the table clash and get beat.

"We talked about having the calmness to defend for our lives and in an organised fashion, and although we didn't manage that in the second half I won't be moaning at them. Teams have come here and been destroyed so we did really well, and a point is a good result."