Play­ers fail to take chances

Western Daily Press - - Football -

FOR­EST Green Rovers man­ager Mark Cooper ad­mit­ted his play­ers failed to “make the most of their op­por­tu­nity” af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing 3-1 de­feat to Arsenal Un­der-21s in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy.

“We weren’t very good,” said Cooper. “I think other than the fact I had to make changes to the team, I had to pick a team that had to be good enough to get at least a point.

“I had to give play­ers min­utes but, in all hon­esty, if we’d have lost by five or six goals then I wouldn’t have been dis­ap­pointed. Arsenal were very good.”

A draw would have booked For­est Green’s place in the last 32 but they now need a draw in the fi­nal group game be­tween Chel­tenham and Coven­try with the League One side to win the penalty shoot-out if they are to progress.

Rovers now need to over­come this de­feat by look­ing ahead to their FA Cup first round tie against Ox­ford United to­mor­row, where it is look­ing un­likely many of those who played on Wed­nes­day will be given the chance to start the game.

Cooper said: “Foot­ball’s harsh and when you get your op­por­tu­nity, you’ve got to take it.

“Those play­ers that do take it, end up get­ting in the team. But not too many have tonight and that’s dis­ap­point­ing from them.”

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