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Forest Green Rovers 1 v 0 Colchester United
SkyBet League Two
Saturday, 14th September 2019 Kick-off 15:00

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Lewis Thomas6.0
Dom Bernard6.0
Liam Kitching7.0
Farrend Rawson6.0
Udoka Godwin-Malife7.0
Carl Winchester8.0
James Morton6.0
Joseph Mills7.0
Kyle Taylor6.0
Jack Aitchison7.0
Matt Stevens6.0
Liam Shephard5.0
Ebou Adams5.0
Junior Mondal7.0
7.0Dean Gerken
6.0Ryan Jackson
8.0Tom Eastman
5.0Luke Prosser
6.0Ryan Clampin
4.0Ben Stevenson
7.0Tom Lapslie
2.0Courtney Senior
6.0Luke Gambin
6.0Frank Nouble
3.0Luke Norris
7.0Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu
3.0Theo Robinson
7.0Kwame Poku

Match Rating5.0 

Your Forest Green Rovers v Colchester United Match Reports

izlingtonhoop added 17:19 - Mar 16

Should've capitalised, goalwise, on a great first half's performance...
Can't help feeling Cesar coulda done better.
It all looks grim now...

dangould added 17:32 - Mar 16

Thought we was top class 1st half keeper come out for cross but by then the should have been won we should have been at least 3 goals up and half time 2nd half forget about it

e1337prodigy added 17:44 - Mar 16

It's over now, especially with Southampton beating Liverpool. Who was that QPR player who had the last shot of the game and blasted it over?! He had the chance of a lifetime to become a hero and the time to place that. Sidefoot it! don't punt it!!

silverbackuk added 18:23 - Mar 16

Somehow wish we hadn't won the last two...I wouldn't feel as gutted now. Talk about the best team not winning. If Villa stay up it'll just be wrong!

ShotKneesHoop added 18:37 - Mar 16

We murdered them, but failed to deal with the three rare times Villa threatened. Cesar had a real mare. Taraabt was jaw dropping amazing with the five gorgeous defence splitting passes to Remu. He came on way too late. How the foook did Villa won that - they were awful.

RonisRs added 19:13 - Mar 16

its a sad day, a point at the end would have given hope, but i think we are done.
unless we win 5 of the last 8

MelakaRanger added 22:18 - Mar 16

Should of /could have been 3 nil up at half time. Only ourselves to blame for not being so far in front that the game would have been killed.

Bosingwa was a major weakness from the off and should have been subbed well before half time. He cost us the first goal for sure. He was awful (except that post hitting free kick)

Afraid to say, we are done for now.

Dennick added 23:51 - Mar 16

Their goal keeper kept them in it and ours was at fault for their first two, we could have had three up by half time and parked the bus.

Kaos_Agent added 03:15 - Mar 17

A very bad time for Cesar to lose focus and for our back line to lose its cohesion. Samba was great but I can't help but think that this is the sort of game where Nelsen would have saved a goal or two. And possibly Green as well. Well that's water under the bridge. Kudos to the away support. A great nail biting game to watch.

On the bright side our offense showed up for the third straight game. Townsend and Jenas are a revelation. Remy good but unfortunately not great today. Hoilett made some sublime attacking passes, as did Adel. Wonderful to see Taarabt's magic again.

The table certainly looks bad but we must go all out for wins now, so it should be enjoyable watching us attack the rest of the way.

johnno added 05:59 - Mar 17

The goalkeepers were the difference!

It's a concern now that in consecutive games we have conceded through length of the field breaks after we have lost possession from attacking set plays. What a pity that we can't get Diakite playing to his full potential, I believe his athleticism and pace could provide the xfactor for the current line up and plug some of the gaps in these breakaway situations.

Bosingwa was caught out on a number of occasions although he was up against Villas best player GA. I still think Harry is right to play him. We are definitely working the ball out of the back much better now and he is a major part of that. He definitely has defensive fralities, not a news flash, so needs a worker infront of him. This way, when Traore is in the lineup we generally only have one of the back four consistently "lumping" the ball out of the back!

Can't fault the effort but the result was bitterly disappointing.

Samba,Mbia, Townsend, Jenas were the pick for me and a nice cameo from Taarabt.


Harbour added 08:28 - Mar 17

From only seeing the highlights on mod it looked like we were very unlucky not to win given hitting the post and several world class saves from guzan in first half . bad defending on all their goals. 5 wins from 8 games looks like a big ask but at least under HR we are seeing a committed team fight and give it a go. if we go down i hope HR stays his signings have been superb and he is clearly a great motivator

francisbowles added 11:02 - Mar 17

Even though Villa never had a chance until first half stoppage time, we struggled early on with Remy on the right. He provides very little in front of Bosingwa who really needs a strong worker in that position. Then Harry switched it and Tonwsend swapped flanks and we looked more secure but had just moved the potential weakness to our left which is where their first goal originated from.

In the second half we brought on Hoilett and moved Remy up front on his own. Then we had the problem that the ball wouldn't stick and the momentum was very much against us. We didn't quite see out the hour before we were behind.

We then moved to three at the back with, I think Samba, Hill and Bosingwa on the left! Enter Tarabt. Suddenly, the ball not sticking was less of an issue as we started to play through them and playing balls in behind for Remy to tun onto.

We get to 2-2. Harry changes to a back four again. Eventually we concede third and again revert to a back three this time with Mbia on the right Bosingwa central and Hill on left, I think! Samba moves up front and near the end Mackie comes on.

We were far superior in the first half with Guzan keeping them in it. Second half first 15 was Villa's and then it became an end to end terrific battle in which we couldn't quite finish the chances that we created with Remy's header, Hill's last gasp effort (will he ever score?) amongst them.

Obviously, it becomes extremely difficult now. We have to find a way of accomodating Remy's strengths. Whilst strengthening the defense. It is the same problem we had with Cisse. 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 doesn't quite do it. Perhaps we should try 4-2-3-1 again

francisbowles added 11:14 - Mar 17

Continued from above. We could start Remy in the three and when BZ comes off and the game opens up move him up front and get Adel playing through balls. We have a host of options for the other midfield positions in the three and the two. It was our preferred system in the Championship winning season and was probably only abandoned because we didn't have enough quality players to use it in the Prem.


Doughnut added 11:39 - Mar 17

I'd given up before the Southampton game. 2 back to back wins and I was being enticed back in. Then yesterdays result. I should have known. Lift a little....give hope....then Drop! A day in the life of a R! But can't fault the commitment. If only it had started acouple of months earlier.

tsbains64 added 13:33 - Mar 18

Based on the Saturday highlight-admiral display in the first half should have been 3-0 up but great kepping by Guzan
Fought back well in the second half which shows the attitude the Harry has instilled in the team
Almost got an equaliser-if only Hill had kept the ball down

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