Rovers run the show but with no re­ward

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Andy Stock­hausen

SEA­MUS Con­neely sealed the three points for Ac­cring­ton on a day when base­ment side For­est Green Rovers gave the pro­mo­tion hope­fuls a run for their money.

Hav­ing been sec­ond best for an hour, the vis­i­tors came off the ropes to land a clas­sic sucker punch, Con­neely beat­ing Rovers keeper Sam Rus­sell with a fierce drive that went in off the in­side of the post.

In sharp con­trast, Drissa Traore’s lon­grange drive came back off the cross­bar as For­est Green staged a spir­ited late rally in a bid to sal­vage the point their per­for­mance war­ranted.

“That’s how it goes when you’re down at the wrong end of the table,” said Rovers boss Mark Cooper.

Ac­cring­ton man­ager John Cole­man was in no mood to dis­agree.

He con­ceded: “For an hour, For­est Green ran rings around us. You would have thought they were the team at the top of the table and we were the one at the bot­tom.

“I have to take my hat off to them for the way they set up and played. If they carry on play­ing like that, they’ll rocket up the table for sure.

“They dom­i­nated the game and forced us to change our sys­tem.But once we brought on Scotty Brown, I thought we im­proved and got a foothold in the game.”

Brown’s in­tro­duc­tion in the 54th minute proved a turn­ing point.

Tar­get man Jonny Ed­wards went off, Ac­cring­ton adopted a flu­ent pass and move ap­proach, and Con­neely fired them in front within min­utes.

As well as they played, For­est Green were left to rue a series of missed chances. Hes­i­tant in the fi­nal third, they lacked a killer touch in front of goal; Omar Bugiel, Dan Wishart and Chris­tian Doidge all send­ing ef­forts off-tar­get when they ought to have done bet­ter. In­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Traore al­most res­cued a point five min­utes from time, beat­ing Ac­cring­ton keeper Aaron Chap­man with a dip­ping drive that thud­ded against the cross bar and went be­hind.

Although bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with a third con­sec­u­tive de­feat that leaves his side at the foot of the table, Rovers man­ager Cooper sought so­lace in an im­proved per­for­mance.

He said: “I thought that was our best per­for­mance of the sea­son. We con­trolled the game, but when you’re strug­gling, these things hap­pen.

“They had a half chance and scored, and we couldn’t quite fin­ish off the pos­ses­sion we had. We had 60 per cent of the ball in the first half, but we need to make more of pos­ses­sion and the for­wards have to gam­ble more.”

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