Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1.
Dominic Knowles' first two goals for Burton sealed a come-from-behind win against Cheltenham and kept them second in League Two.
Scott Brown frustrated the hosts with a string of first-half saves.
Byron Harrison fired the Robins ahead from close range after the break and Billy Kee was amazingly denied an equaliser by hitting both posts.
Loanee Zeli Ismail made an immediate impact on his debut, creating both goals for his fellow substitute.
Victory extends Burton's unbeaten run to 11 games and keeps them two points behind league leaders Scunthorpe.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
"Well I have seen Zeli do that in spells for the Wolves first-team, at MK Dons and for Wolves' under 21's, so we know what he can do.
"Since Jacques Maghoma left, we have not had that player who can go on and light up a game for 25 minutes - Zeli did that fantastically well.
"I thought it was a fantastic game full of different moments. I felt first half, we just looked like we hadn't played for 10 days.
"In the second half we opened up a little bit and took the game to them, particularly when they scored. I think in a way, it was the best thing that could have happened."
Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"Burton Albion are a really decent side and we knew that, but I think we showed that we are too.
"It's frustrating that we lost, to be fair they were a little bit better, but we just needed to change it around. We still felt we could create chances, I thought Jason Taylor and Matt Richards were outstanding again for us.
"Unfortunately, we weren't mentally strong enough to see out the game at 1-0."
- 8WeirSubstituted forBellat 84'minutes
- 11MacDonaldBooked at 25minsSubstituted forIsmailat 63'minutes
- 20McGurkSubstituted forKnowlesat 69'minutes
- 8DeeringSubstituted forCuretonat 77'minutes
- 9HarrisonSubstituted forGornellat 84'minutes
- 20JombatiBooked at 36mins
- 23RoofeBooked at 73minsSubstituted forVincentat 88'minutes
- Seb Stockbridge
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1.
Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).
Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).
Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).
Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Ashley Vincent replaces Kemar Roofe.
Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).
Goal! Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Robbie Weir.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Byron Harrison.
Attempt missed. Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).