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Forest Green Rovers: Why can’t Mark Cooper’s side score a goal?

Since the 2-1 away win at Cheltenham Town at the start of November, Forest Green Rovers have played five league games, losing three, and only managing to put the ball into the back of the net in one.

The lack of goals has seen Rovers drop from challenging Swindon Town at the top of the League Two table, to being sat seven points adrift of the summit in sixth, and looking over their shoulder at the queue of teams looking to break into the play-off places.

Despite their excellent start to the season, Mark Cooper’s men have rarely looked like a side with excellent goal scoring prowess. Their opening five wins of the season were all 1-0 victories. And whilst there was no doubting the performance of the defence, many thought things were waiting to click in attack and that the goals would eventually come.

Some Rovers fans thought that the 4-0 smashing of Salford City would be the catalyst for the team’s goal scoring to start, but this hasn’t been the case.

The attack is improving with time, and four goal hauls against Leyton Orient and Billericay Town show that the team has the talent in it, the problem is the matter of putting it into practice, particularly at home.

FGR receive a lot of plaudits for their slick passing and expansive style of attack, but fans have grown frustrated with the lack of cutting edge and chances created.

Despite being second in League Two on possession stats, Forest Green are only ranked 17th in terms of time in the attacking third, and 19th in shots per game.

It’s a long season, and every team hits a rut at some stage, but this is a problem which needs to be rectified. Some are calling for the style of play to be more direct, we’ve seen this when Cooper has played centre-back Matt Mills as a target man when looking for a goal.

Could the solution be using the January transfer window to bring in a big striker with a physical presence rather than a central defender, if so, who would you like to see join the club?

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