Players fail to take chances
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.”