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Cooper left ruing 'lacklustre' first half

Saturday 10 March 2018
FGR Media

Mark Cooper

Manager Mark Cooper praised a spirited second-half display against high flying Notts County but admitted that a lack-lustre first period cost them.

Forest Green Rovers were slow out of the traps and were duly punished just after the half-hour mark when Liam Noble returned to haunt his former club.

However, a change in formation to three at the back in the second half and some changes from the bench saw FGR turn their fortunes around but it wasn’t enough to prevent the 2-1 defeat.

“The first half was a non-event, we didn’t start well so the only complaint I can have today was that the first half was terrible,” said Cooper.

“We didn’t play with any tempo, that obviously wasn’t coached that was just us being pedestrian, not asking questions of Notts County at the back, of their defence, and we just let them play themselves into the game and get a goal.

“Wishart dribbled in the box and gave it straight to their centre forward and it ricocheted and they tapped it in.

“I thought in the second-half we were brilliant, I thought we had a right go. All I said at half time was go and have a go and we deserved to get something out of the game.”

That something looked to have been provided by Tahvon Campbell when he came on from the bench and struck home before then striking the crossbar moments later.

That was Campbell’s second goal since joining on loan from West Bromwich Albion and with Christian Doidge missing the game through injury, he could be called on to fill a gap.

“It’s a great finish and he had one just after which hit the crossbar and they usually hit the goalkeeper and go in,” added Cooper.

“It’s important that the subs come on and affect the game and all three subs did well when they came on.

“It’s important that the squad are ready to use and they were today.

“We played three at the back with four in midfield, two upfront and one in behind and we were trying everything to get back in the game which we did.

“We should defend better and with the experience we’ve got in the side, we should get something. We didn’t produce that final telling pass in the final third which we’d have liked to.

“We dominated the second half but we have to make sure we get at least a point as I a point would have been a good result for us. It was a chance to test ourselves against a top three and see how far away we are and in the second half we showed we’re not far.”


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