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'That was for the fans,' Doidge

Monday 16 April 2018
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Christian Doidge celebrates his goal

Forest Green Rovers forward Christian Doidge was keen to divert the plaudits onto the defence despite his strike being enough to sink Cheltenham Town yesterday.

The 25-year-old netted his 22nd goal of the season and described it as probably his best of the season as it sunk FGR’s local rivals.

It proved enough to clinch three vital points and Doidge says that is down to an outstanding defence at the LCI Rail Stadium.

“It was a really hard game,” he said.

“Second half we obviously held them off quite a bit and they were putting lots of balls in our box and I think we defended well.

“First half, I thought we played some good football and we managed to get the goal before half time which was massive.

“I don’t think Brad (Collins) had to do too much but he was really good at coming out of his box and collecting crosses.

“I thought Farrend Rawson was excellent today, he’s only a young lad, and Haydn next to him really helped him as well.

“I think from start to finish we defended really well today and it’s good to get a clean sheet, we haven’t had many this year and hopefully we can get another one on Saturday.”

Doidge’s goal came in the 43rd minute when Reuben Reid played him into the box and the striker, who returned from injury last week, made no mistake on the half volley.

While the forward rated his strike highly, he said it was important to give the superb travelling supporters something to celebrate.

“Probably because of the occasion and what it means for the club, it’s up there for my best goal this season,” said Doidge, who joked the the FGR goal of the season competition could have a late entry.

“As soon as I hit it I knew it was in. It’s one of those bounces where you can hit it clean and I’m really happy with that.

“It was a great time to score just before half time and it was in front of the fans so they got to celebrate something.

“They haven’t been able to celebrate much this year so I was glad I could give it to them today.”

It was man of the match Reece Brown who proved pivotal in starting the move that led to the goal and Doidge was delighted with the performance of the creative midfielder.

“Reece Brown is a really, really good player, he’s very special,” he added.

“He could play a lot higher than what he is doing at the moment, we’ve just got to get him on the ball in the right areas and he seems to make things happen.

“He’s done himself well today and hopefully he is in contention for Saturday.”

The result puts Forest Green six points clear of the bottom two with four games to play and Doidge is keen to not let anyone take their eye off the ball yet.

“We had to go out there and put in a really good performance because we were rubbish last week,” said the striker.

“The first thing we said when we got into the changing room was, ‘listen boys, that’s nothing.’ We’ve got to carry on next Saturday and pick some more points up.

“Results went out way but we’ve got to keep pushing.”


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