Mark Yates hailed the performance of midfielder Russell Penn after Cheltenham ground out a 1-0 victory against his former club Burton.

Penn was outstanding as the Robins controlled long periods of the game and he forced goalkeeper Mark Oxley into several fine stops.

The deadlock was eventually broken by Chris Zebroski who pounced from close range in the 86th minute, but Penn was Yates' choice for man of the match.

"Russ was outstanding and that's the best I've seen him play for quite a while and a goal is just around the corner for him," Yates said.

"I fancied him to score and his performance deserved a goal, but it wasn't to be. If he finished off all his chances he probably wouldn't be here. All the lads love him and he is brilliant around the place so against his old club, we did it for him and Shaun Harrad too."

Yates felt his side thoroughly deserved maximum points as they kept their fourth clean sheet in succession to move level on points with second placed Port Vale.

"It was a thoroughly deserved win and our first half performance was excellent," he said. "We should have been two or three up. Burton are a good side and they showed their resilience, but we dealt with their threat well and our first half display alone was enough to deserve the win."

Brewers boss Gary Rowett praised his players for their battling performance as they looked to have done enough for a point before Zebroski's late winner.

"In terms of an away performance against a really tough side in this division, we did brilliantly well," he said.

"I am proud of the performance and I think it shows a lot about us as a team. We weathered a lot of set pieces and it looked like that might be there only way of getting a goal, but fair play to Cheltenham, they kept going and got one."