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Cooper praises 'outstanding' performance


Saturday 11 November 2017
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Mark Cooper giving his instructions from the sideline

Forest Green manager Mark Cooper said he and the travelling fans witnessed one of the best performances of the season in their 1-1 draw away at Crawley Town. 

In the first half in particular, FGR played their hosts off the park and struck the woodwork twice leaving Cooper fearing that it was going to be one of those afternoons.

However, despite Crawley coming out stronger in the second period, Christian Doidge finished another superb passing move to give the visitors the lead in the 67th minute.

Rovers were unable to hold on as Thomas Verheydt levelled and despite Rovers again hitting the post late one Cooper saw it as a point gained as they stretched their unbeaten run to four games in League Two.

“Emotions are still running high but I would suggest that the football in the first half was the best that a lot of people have seen for a long time,” he said.

“We were outstanding. I think if we’d gone in at half time 5-0 up I don’t think there’d have been any complaints but you know in football if you don’t take your chances you’re giving the opposition a chance to get off the canvas and give you a bloody nose and to be fair to Crawley, second half, as you’d expect they had a go.

“Our young keeper was very good, he made a couple of good saves and then we took the lead and then we’re hoping we can see it out, trying to get the second goal.

“They get three or four corner and they get a bit of a break at the back post and they get the equaliser.

“We go on the front foot again and try to get the winner, we had some great chances at the end to win it but I think the referee was glad it ended 1-1.”

The game’s moment of controversy came eight minutes before the break when Doidge, played in over the top, beating the offside trap saw his effort on goal blocked by the left hand of on-rushing goalkeeper Glenn Morris.

However, Cooper was left perplexed as the Crawley stopper only saw yellow from Tom Neil having re-watched the incident after the final whistle.

“Well I think the rules might have changed overnight,” he said.

“I think if you ask anyone in the stadium, the ball was going in the goal and the keeper’s five yards outside of his box and he’s the last man, I’ve seen it so we’re ticking all the boxes.

“I don’t want to see people getting sent off but it’s a goal, it’s going in the goal, he’s handled it and stopped the ball going in the goal so there is no other alternative for the referee but to show the red card.”

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