Forest Green Rovers were victims of a 2-1 defeat to Notts County yesterday in League Two, as their hopes for survival were threatened, and with only nine games left this season it is now a question as to whether Rovers can beat the drop. Here are five things we learned from yesterday’s game:
- Noble on form against old club
Former Rovers player, Liam Noble, opened the scoring against his old club yesterday and played a great game for Notts County. Whilst it is said that Noble seems to have problems with discipline on the pitch, it doesn’t seem to have affected his performance in the game, as he displayed great mellowness on the pitch. Having played a season and a half and not received a red card, it is clear the fans are seeing something new in the midfielder.
Great win today buzzing with my 1st goal back! But most importantly the 3 points 👍 pic.twitter.com/eGIg81l501
— Liam noble (@Liamnoble15) March 10, 2018
2. Forest Green don’t benefit from possession
Despite having 63% of the ball possession in the match, Forest Green were unable to make much of chances that were presented to them. Rovers managed only seven shots, and only three hit the target. Mark Coopers side were on top in the second half but Notts County were just able to convert in the 80th minute to deny Rovers a draw.
3. Top scorer Christian Doidge suffering from injury
Forest Green were without star player Christian Doidge yesterday, after failing to recover from an ankle injury which was sustained in Tuesday’s goal fest at Newport County, and is expected to be side-lined for another two weeks, which could prove damaging for the club if they are unable to get goals, and ultimately points.
4. Mark Cooper tests team against automatic promotion candidate
The Rovers manager said after the game that he wanted to test his players against County, and after a shuffle around of the players in the second half, the team started to show some promise and found the net in the 72nd minute courtesy of Tahvon Campbell. Campbell has been having a great impact on the squad, and Cooper is positive about his performance in the league so far and said: “He’s got to train really hard and he’s got to produce those performances.”
5. Rovers speed letting them down
The first half of the game was a let down for Rovers as they seemed scared to defend against County, and Mark Cooper commented on the speed of his team and speaking to Stroud News said: “We seemed loathed to test their defence out, we were a bit slow, Brad was a bit slow with the ball and we didn’t create any tempo.”