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Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green Rovers
Crewe Alexandra
Date: 18/11/2017 3:00 pm    Attendance: 2221    Venue: The New Lawn

FGR win in added time

Doidge celebrates his equaliser

Christian Doidge's brace and Alex Iacovitti's injury time winner sealed a great win for FGR at a very wet New Lawn.

Forest Green came from behind twice as Christian Doidge cancelled out Chris Porter's and Jordan Bowery's strikes before Alex Iacovitti prodded home the winner in added time.

Mark Cooper made just one change to the side that started in last week’s 1-1 draw with Crawley Town, Dale Bennett returning from suspension to replace Manny Monthe.

Forest Green started brightly, keeping hold of the ball in good areas, Keanu Marsh-Brown’s long-range free-kick the best early opportunity for the hosts.

Despite FGR’s dominance, it was Crewe who took the lead after just 13 minutes. George Cooper picked up the ball on the right-hand side before finding Porter’s head with an excellent cross.

As the half progressed, Rovers continued to dominate, keeping hold of the ball for long periods of time. Marsh-Brown firing over from Bennett’s cross.

Then, with just one minute of the first half to play, the hosts' hard work payed off. Scott Laird drilled the ball across goal, Doidge prodding into the roof of the net with his knee.

Crewe had the first opportunity of the second half, Chris Porter deftly flicking a deep cross over Brad Collins but wide of the post.

The visitors looked the sharper of the two sides and they took the lead five minutes before the hour mark. Perry Ng headed a deep cross back across goal and Bowery swept home through a crowd of bodies.

As the rain continued soaking the playing surface, mistakes started to happen. Doidge was gifted the ball in the area but his effort was charged down.

Rovers, searching for an equaliser, pushed forward. Substitute Monthe let fly from the edge of the area and Doidge slid in, slamming the ball against the post. But as Dan Wishart played the ball back into the box, Doidge stayed composed and, this time, stroked the ball home.

Full time was fast approaching and with less than one minute of added time to play, Rovers won a corner. Reece Brown swung the ball in and the ball was flicked onto the post, only to land at the feet of Alex Iacovitti who prodded home.

Report: Noah Dougherty

Image: Shane Healey/Pro Sports Images


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Vital Statistics

Date 18/11/2017 3:00 pm
Competition League Two
Home/Away Home
Full Time Result 3 - 2
Half Time Score 1 - 1
Man of the Match
Scorers Alex Iacovitti
Christian Doidge (2)
Referee Christopher Sarginson

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Forest Green Rovers