Cheltenham Town video: Rovers fans' taunts just fired me up - Zeb
CHRIS Zebroski took the foul-mouthed abuse he received from Bristol Rovers supporters in his stride, saying: "Fans don't tend to boo bad players."
Returning to the club he left to join Cheltenham Town in the summer, Zebroski netted the only goal of the game in the 39th minute.
His second goal of the season maintained the Robins' unbeaten away record this term.
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The expletives directed at Zebroski from the Memorial Stadium stands seemed to spur him on as he made the most of his first League Two start up front for Cheltenham, in the absence of the injured Shaun Harrad.
Having already caused major problems for the Rovers' backline, Zebroski capitalised on a defensive misjudgement from Garry Kenneth to beat goalkeeper Neil Etheridge for the decisive breakthrough.
His celebration showed how much it meant to him.
"I was given the nod up front with Shaun injured and it's my opportunity to get a run up front so I was pleased with the goal and three points," Zebroski said.
"It was a good feeling to score because I had a spell there, when I didn't play to the best of my ability.
"It was good to show the Rovers fans what I am capable of.
"The stick I got is part of football really and it just motivated more to put in even more of a shift.
"It just spurs you on and fans don't shout at bad players, do they?"
The Robins should have won by a greater margin after an accomplished all-round display, but they ended up having to withstand some late pressure from Mark McGhee's men.
They stood firm to register a thoroughly deserved victory as Rovers' wait for a home win this term goes on.
Only a fine goalkeeping display by Etheridge kept the score down, while his opposite number Scott Brown was once again on top form behind a resolute back four.
"The lads played well from start to finish, we were so hard to break down and like the gaffer always says, clean sheets will win us games," Zebroski said.
Yates challenged his players to be have climbed into the top three by Saturday evening and three points against Fleetwood will ensure they achieve that aim.
BRISTOL ROVERS: N Etheridge; A Virgo, G Kenneth, J Paterson (L Brown 76), M Lund; D Clarkson, M Gill, O Norburn (W Brown 76), F Broghammer (E Richards 62); T Eaves, D Riordan. Subs not used: S Walker, J Anyinsah, R Staley, S Clucas.
CHELTENHAM TOWN: S Brown; S Jombati, A Bennett, S Elliott, B Jones; J McGlashan (D Duffy 86), M Pack, R Penn (S Deering 90), D Carter, K Mohamed (K Lowe 90); C Zebroski. Subs not used: C Roberts, H Hooman, J Goulding, B Graham.
REFEREE: O Langford.
ATTENDANCE: 5,747 (441 away)
STAR MAN: Chris Zebroski.