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."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards
  • 05 Diamond
  • 06 Sharps
  • 08 Weir (Bell - 84' )
  • 11 MacDonald Booked (Ismail - 63' )
  • 14 McCrory
  • 17 Phillips
  • 20 McGurk (Knowles - 69' )
  • 23 Palmer
  • 29 Kee

Substitutes

  • 01 Siegrist
  • 03 Hussey
  • 04 Buxton
  • 07 Bell
  • 18 Knowles
  • 19 Ismail
  • 21 Holness

Cheltenham Town

  • 01 Brown
  • 04 Taylor
  • 05 Brown
  • 06 Elliott
  • 08 Deering (Cureton - 77' )
  • 09 Harrison (Gornell - 84' )
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 14 Richards
  • 20 Jombati Booked
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 23 Roofe Booked (Vincent - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Cureton
  • 10 Gornell
  • 12 Roberts
  • 17 Hanks
  • 19 Kotwica
  • 21 Vincent
  • 28 Ihiekwe
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 2,510

Match Stats

Shots

21 7

On target

8 3

Corners

6 3

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

90:00 +4:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

90:00 +3:49

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

90:00 +3:49

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:15

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

90:00 +1:15

Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:20

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

90:00 +0:20

Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:01

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:54

Foul by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).

87:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Ashley Vincent replaces Kemar Roofe.

86:18

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:18

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

84:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Robbie Weir.

83:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Byron Harrison.

83:05

Attempt missed. Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

82:50

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.

81:57

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:57

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

79:08

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Byron Harrison.

78:22

Attempt missed. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:01

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Scott Brown.

77:26

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

76:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jamie Cureton replaces Sam Deering.

74:31

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

74:31

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:03

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

72:43 Booking

Booking Kemar Roofe (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

72:00

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:53

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

71:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jimmy Phillips with a cross.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Dominic Knowles replaces Adam McGurk.

66:23

Attempt missed. Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

65:19

Attempt saved. Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

65:09

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jason Taylor.

64:36

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

63:42

Attempt saved. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

63:29

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Byron Harrison.

62:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Zeli Ismail replaces Alexander MacDonald.

61:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 0, Cheltenham Town 1. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

59:09

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:09

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town).

55:43

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

55:33

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Byron Harrison.

55:16

Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

54:52

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:52

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

54:10

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:10

Foul by Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town).

51:52

Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

49:01

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:01

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

47:36

Attempt blocked. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:58

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

45:00 +0:39

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

45:00 +0:39

Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:53

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

44:41

Attempt saved. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

43:52

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Alexander MacDonald.

43:06

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

43:06

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:47

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

41:22

Attempt saved. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:31

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Robbie Weir.

38:21

Attempt missed. Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

37:35

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

37:35

Kemar Roofe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:58

Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

35:24 Booking

Booking Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

35:00

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:52

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Cheltenham Town).

28:24

Attempt missed. Alexander Diamond (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

28:07

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Scott Brown.

27:43

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

27:43

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:07

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

24:47 Booking

Booking Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

24:39

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:39

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

22:41

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

20:04

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

20:04

Alexander Diamond (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:56

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

12:23

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:23

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

11:41

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Cheltenham Town).

11:41

Alexander Diamond (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:12

Foul by Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town).

10:12

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:50

Attempt missed. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

3:02

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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