Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Cheltenham Town 0.
Burton returned to winning ways with a first victory in three League Two games taking them to the top of the table.
Gary Rowett's side withstood second-half pressure to protect the lead given them by Stuart Beavon to leave Cheltenham winless in five games.
Beavon struck the winner after 34 minutes when he fired low into the net from the edge of the box after being set up by John Mousinho.
Joe Hanks was denied by Jon McLaughlin as Town pressed for a late leveller.
Burton assistant Kevin Summerfield told BBC Radio Derby:
"The first thing we wanted was a clean sheet. A win and a clean sheet was absolutely perfect for us today and thoroughly deserved.
"We were very good in first half. We passed the ball about, got in some great situations and could have gone in a couple of goals ahead.
"The second half was completely different - we were having to defend for long, long periods of the game.
"The goalie keeps kicking the ball into our box and it was very difficult to get out. The guys today stood up really well and all credit to the back four; they were terrific."
Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"I felt in the first half we didn't have a pass in us, we didn't do the basics right, it just looked like two average teams out of a little bit of form.
"In the second half I thought we were really good but we had to be - we had to go and press and change our system a little bit - and we've got to work out ways we do that from the start.
"(The strikers) are more than capable, I thought the three of them were a handful in the second half, but unfortunately it's not quite happening in front of goal for us.
"We're going to need a goal to go in off someone's backside next week and then hopefully we can get up and running."
- 10AkinsSubstituted forPalmerat 74'minutes
- 20McGurkSubstituted forHarnessat 90+1'minutes
- 9BeavonSubstituted forBlythat 73'minutesBooked at 83mins
- 6ElliottBooked at 8mins
- 5BrownBooked at 83mins
- 18BlackSubstituted forGornellat 45'minutes
- 26MarquisSubstituted forDe Vitaat 83'minutes
- 28De Vita
- David Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Cheltenham Town 0.
Attempt saved. Raffaele De Vita (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town).
Attempt blocked. Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Marcus Harness.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Adam McGurk.
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).
Attempt missed. Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt blocked. Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Raffaele De Vita replaces John Marquis.
Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.
Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matt Taylor (Cheltenham Town).
Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).