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Forest Green Rovers Head Coach Duncan Ferguson highlights ‘technical’ errors in 3-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers

Duncan Ferguson was critical of the technical side of his Forest Green Rovers team following their 3-1 defeat at home to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

FGR took the lead inside the first 15 minutes through Charlie Savage but ended up on the wrong side of the score, extending their winless run to an unwelcome 16 games in all competitions.

Ferguson expressed his frustration at his side’s performance as he broke down where it went wrong for Rovers.

“I thought we were technically not as good as I thought we would’ve been today,” began Ferguson.


“I thought there was far too many stray passes to be honest with you and simple passes we could’ve made that we didn’t.

“That was the thing that disappointed me the most and also when you’re conceding from set plays its not great either.”

Rovers came out of the blocks the quicker of the two sides and looked good for their early lead before quickfire goals from John Marquis and Scott Sinclair turned the game on its head.

Marquis had a second just past the hour mark and any chance of a comeback was put to bed when Corey O’Keeffe missed his late penalty to half the deficit.

Ferguson was impressed with his side’s start to the game but not so much with how his side let the visitors back into the clash that saw a record league attendance crowd at The Bolt New Lawn.

“I thought we started the game very brightly and had control in the first 20 minutes,” continued Ferguson.

“Then we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit, giving the ball away for their first two goals and that then gave them momentum and knocked us back.”

“We never really got back into the game after that.”

FGR Head Coach Duncan Ferguson

One of very few positives from the game was Savage’s impressive opener, the first of his senior career and for the club since his loan move from Manchester United back in January.

A marksman himself with over 100 goals during his playing career, Ferguson praised the youngster’s part in the goal but was not getting carried away from the defeat.

“He supported the play well and it was a great finish from the lad,” said Ferguson on Savage’s opener.

“But it was disappointing then because we don’t continue to go and get that second goal.”

Next for Rovers is a tricky test away at second place Plymouth Argyle this Saturday before they welcome league leaders Sheffield Wednesday to Nailsworth the following weekend.

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