Rovers push self-destruct button
FOREST Green boss David Hockaday felt the fans' fury after his side pushed the self-destruct button to slump to their second defeat in five days.
Shot-shy Rovers made it three games without a goal as another individual error gifted Kettering the points.
A pack of disgruntled supporters even decided to disrupt the after-match press conference, but a dignified Hockaday displayed a rhino-skinned exterior as the abuse rained down.
He said: "My job is to come here and build something. If anybody says that we didn't pass the ball or create chances then they can't see what we can.
I'm not disappointed with the performance; I'm disappointed with the result because we've dominated everything, but then came an individual error.
"We've had loads of chances. We passed them off the park and they'd almost given up, but we haven't put the ball in the back of the net.
"It's not that we're not creating chances, because we're getting the ball in the box, we are getting one on ones, free headers and shots, but we're not scoring goals and that puts pressure on the defence."
Earlier, Hockaday handed home debuts to Eddie Oshodi and Andy Sandell, but the former Watford coach was without the midfield spark of Kieron Forbes (groin) and how he missed his pocket rocket.
Rovers opened brightly enough, but for all their pretty passing, a cutting edge in the final third was clearly lacking.
A James Norwood strike and a deflected Sandell shot was just about all the mind-numbing first-half offered.
Rovers craved an early second half opening and almost found it when Sandell's quick feet released Norwood and his cut-back saw James Rowe nod wide from just inside the box.
Disaster hit Rovers soonafter with Kettering scoring from their first attempt on goal. James Bittner misjudged the flight of Sol Davis' free-kick for Adam Cunnington to nod over his head and into the inviting net. Rovers' riposte was immediate. Rowe's cleverley disguised free-kick saw Norwood's strike superbly blocked by Laurie Walker.
Rovers were passing the ball to death and in one such move Charlie Griffin's header released Yan Klukowski, but Walker did well to block as the Forest Green midfielder shaped to shoot, but from the free ball Griffin watched his audacious chip land on the roof of the net.
The impressive Al Bangura almost snatched a point in stoppage time, but his 25-yard scorcher clipped the top of the crossbar.