Forest Green suffered yet another defeat as the expected promotion bid faded into the distance at Glanford Park yesterday afternoon.
Exciting Newcastle United target John McAtee bagged the only goal of the game to lift Scunthorpe 17 points clear of the solitary relegation spot. They’re now only seven behind Forest Green, who in turn are nine points shy of seventh.
Mark Cooper’s side were one of the pre-season favourites, but are eight games without a win and well adrift of the chasing pack. They were unlucky in Lincolnshire though, both sides had chances in the first half but neither keeper was properly tested.
The second half began explosively, as McAtee fired into the bottom corner just a minute after the restart. The former Shrewsbury man could have had another not long after but was foiled by Rovers’ stopper Lewis Thomas.
Defender Farrend Rawson did waste a great chance to earn Forest Green a point, but it would have been one they barely deserved. Manager Mark Cooper tended to agree, saying after the game: ‘We weren’t clinical enough in the final third, and we didn’t have enough urgency we needed.”
Cooper is in his fourth season as manager of Rovers, having earned promotion from the National League in his first campaign back in 2016/17. Since then, despite his chairman’s bold claims, his side hasn’t managed to find enough form to trouble the top three, although they were beaten play-off semi-finalists last year.
Plenty of fans, of both Forest Green and other clubs, have had their say on the current situation.
Pathetic, just hear the same story every week . ?
— Greyfish (@Gra_fish) February 22, 2020
The interviews are getting very repetitive. Really feels like a change is needed
— Neil Chandler (@neilfgr) February 22, 2020
Been in free fall for sometime now. Need a scrappy win from somewhere
— Nigel Gadd ? (@GaddNigel) February 22, 2020
Cooper has lost his way and his general arrogance wont allow him to accept he needs to change and stop messing the team about
— Ray Clegg (@rayclegg1) February 22, 2020
Time for people to start voting with there feet if you want cooper out boycott Saturday
— James Humphreys (@Jameshumpo15) February 23, 2020
It’s okay though, wE DoMiNatEd ThE StaTs.
I take back what I said a month ago, sack the toxic bloke now just so we can try and achieve something this season.
— Plasma ? (@PlasmaWolf626) February 22, 2020
— Mark (@MarkCochrane67) February 22, 2020
I'll chip in for the taxi
— Scroofy (@Scr00FY) February 22, 2020