Mark Yates described Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Brown as the best in npower League Two after his side's 1-0 win over Northampton.

Steve Elliott's goal late in the first half kept the Robins' automatic promotion hopes alive at the Abbey Business Stadium. They saw off the challenge of rivals for a top-three berth Northampton to maintain their unbeaten home record to 18 league matches.

Yates said: "Scott Brown made a few saves which show why he's one of the best keepers if not the best keeper in the league at the moment. He's had one where he blocked a shot from a one-on-one and he's the rock that we build on and the lads get so much confidence from playing in front of him.

"It was always going to be tough, we had a 20-minute spell against Port Vale in the first half where we were overrun and didn't do what we set out to do but we've shown in the second half there that we can play and that we are strong.

"We have let in a couple of bad goals recently, but it was about winning the game. We picked up some good areas, made a fair few chances and the second half was always going to be about holding on. There were some outstanding performances but it was a really good team effort from everybody."

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd was disappointed with his team's first-half display and he admitted it was the type of match they needed to win if they were going to hold onto a top-three spot until the end of the season.

"I thought we were very nervous to start off and it could have gone either way in the first half," he said. "But you've got to be strong and you've got to be resilient. If you want automatic promotion then you've got to win games like this.

"We've got to be cool enough in the head to be competitive in any game and you've got to have the fire in the belly. I thought in the first half we didn't function as well as a team, but in the second half we looked much better."

Boothroyd was not pleased with some of the decisions that went against his team.

"What is disappointing is when an official is not quite sure if it's a corner or not, and then before the ball even comes in, he's blowing up for a free-kick against," he said. "I won't make excuses and you've got to give respect to your opponents, but every single week we've got to get Adebayo (Akinfenwa) a new shirt because they get ripped and pulled."