Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby andymac26 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:11 am

Can't be upset with a point away from home, but somehow feels like two dropped. The key point is that we're playing well. Others are wobbling and we're improving. It's going to be a struggle, but cause to be optimistic I think.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby tommyd » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:40 am

andymac26 wrote:Can't be upset with a point away from home, but somehow feels like two dropped. The key point is that we're playing well. Others are wobbling and we're improving. It's going to be a struggle, but cause to be optimistic I think.


My thoughts exactly
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby FootieMan » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:38 am

Historically a point away at Crawley is good.
So well done.

Survival at the end of the season will be from how we do in the mini league of the bottom 8.

Target to draw away and win at home. That way we will be okay. Be realistic. And so far those results are very revealing. We are on target, now an assessment of respective club strengths can be judged after a fair spread of games.

All else is a bonus and when you are in the middle or top tier mini league you adopt a similar approach. That way you execute your game management better and protect your player sssets in a more controlled way. It will also see better discipline when players are not over zealous chasing lost causes.

Can’t wait for El Glosico if I am truthful. And they are at the bottom of the middle tier at this time so not only a local derby but the stats tend to indicate it will be close but we are st home.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Tommo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:39 am

FootieMan wrote:
Survival at the end of the season will be from how we do in the mini league of the bottom 8.

Target to draw away and win at home. That way we will be okay. Be realistic.


I know what you mean. We clearly don’t want to lose and give three points to those we are fighting in the lower third of the field. But remember that a lot of our recent points have come at Nottingham, Stevenage and Coventry. We can beat anyone on our day.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Jokerman » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:40 am

IMPROVING ROVERS FIND TARGET ELUSIVE AT CRAWLEY. Saturday 11th November 2017.

C is the letter synonymous with fixtures this month. It also applies to consolidation and contest.
The former is the priority this season and the latter,regarding the play-offs,though looking unlikely is still too early to be ruled out.
Crawley is the 'C' word today and the Forest Green away supporters are on the road east to West Sussex hoping to maintain their winning league form. Their opponents are themselves recovering from a disappointing start under manager Harry Kewell but are clear favourites with home advantage.
The weather report proved accurate as Kendo headed into the misty low cloud and rain,the customary route of M4,25 and 23 brightened only by the late autumn leaves. Shaving the corner via Bracknell there was a pit stop at Cobham before the spur to Crawley arriving in good time for an ale or more in the club bar. On screen the country's leading goalscorer Kieffer Moore,sounds familiar, on loan at Rotherham scored a late equaliser at Doncaster.
The floodlights pierce the gloom as the teams parade,over two hundred away fans give Rovers a rousing reception. The only team change from the F A Cup victory over Macclesfield is Iacovitti replacing the suspended Bennett.
The armistice silence is observed impeccably by over two thousand prior to kick-off.
The match started well for Forest Green and in the fourth minute Doidge went close forcing Crawley keeper Morris to concede a corner.
The home side replied when Lelan crossed for Roberts to send a header over the bar. A mistake by Monthe gave Young overlapping on the right a shooting chance but Collins in goal did well to block the ball away. It was his last touch for over half an hour as Rovers took complete control of the game.
Rovers played their possession game all over the park frustrating the Crawley players into conceding free kicks for a past time.
On fifteen minutes splendid build up play culminated in Keanu from the edge of the area hitting a right foot shot against the underside of the crossbar,the ball was not cleared and Doidge hit a shot across Morris but wide of the left hand post.
The striker went even closer on twenty three minutes when he twisted expertly to head a Keanu free kick goalwards beating Morris only to see the ball strike the right hand post.
The Crawley crowd were numbed as their players were bemused while the Green Army urged the Rovers onward.
On thirty six minutes the majority if not all FGR fans agreed the officials 'bottled out' and made a 'home' decision. Doidge was clearly going to reach a through ball when Morris left his area and deliberately handled it away. It was a red card offence for which he was shown a yellow.
Rovers manager Mark Cooper must have been close to cardiac arrest. Keanu skimmed the bar from the free kick.
Rovers remained camped in the Crawley half until just before the break when almost to ironic home cheers they won a corner and Smith tested Collins with a low shot the keeper gathered at the second attempt. The half ended with Brown sending a free kick over the Crawley crossbar.
For all their superiority Forest Green had not troubled the scoreboard. This coupled with the poor goalkeeping decision left some apprehension amongst fans as they condemned their intestines to the delights of the food outlet.
Any misgivings were compounded at the start of the second half. Kewell made two substitutions from the off. Payne and Yorwerth came on and made an immediate impact. It was role reversal and for twenty minutes it was Rovers turn to be on the receiving end.
Monthe gave the ball away and conceded a free kick on the edge of the area trying to retrieve the situation. This was scrambled away but soon after Payne struck the ball against the underside of the crossbar followed by an under fire Collins tipping a dangerous cross over the bar. From the corner a Boldewijn header found the top netting.
On sixty four minutes a Crawley corner was not cleared and Collins was exceptional tipping over a fierce shot from Connolly. From the corner Yorwerth had a point blank header but was off balance and could only direct the ball into the arms of Collins.
A minute later Forest Green took the lead. The irony is not lost on football fans,'against the run of play' cliché in all it's glory especially following the first forty five minutes of this match.
A quick break out of the stranglehold,neat passing and Osbourne down the left worked the ball to Keanu inside the box on the right via Doidge. He opened up and hit the ball low across Morris who could only palm it into the path of Doidge who smashed it inside the right hand post.
In front of the Green Army this was met with much leaping about and vocals upped to maximum volume. Wishart replaced Monthe almost immediately.
Crawley replied in earnest and Collins was alert to gather a smart free kick by Payne.
Cooper made another change James replacing the impressive Reece Brown.
Rovers were still on the back foot and succumbed to sustained pressure on eighty minutes following a succession of corners. The fourth of which directed to the back post was headed back across the goal and the ball was forced inside the right hand post by a Verheydt header.
There was a positive response from Rovers and the final ten minutes were played out with both sides looking to win.
A thunderous shot by James was blocked away by Morris as the game entered an extraordinary added five minutes.
From a Rovers free kick at one end the ball was quickly moved down field by Crawley with Rovers defence back peddling. Roberts in space inside the area rounded Collins and with the goal open he was denied by Lee Collins who never made a finer block.
Doidge was then foiled before Collins plucked a corner ball away from the on rushing Crawley attack. The final breathtaking minute was left to Rovers when Laird marauding in from the right lashed a shot that struck a defenders leg,the ball flew over Morris and crashed against the left hand post. The game ended with Laird muttering to himself in disbelief.
The point was well earned and so deserved by Forest Green. They can go forward with this performance and hopefully take out their frustrations on Crewe next Saturday with a better return for their hard work.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby greenstripe » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:01 am

Just watched the Goal Rush highlights with some pride. We looked like a decent side that no opposition would fancy facing. A great credit to themselves, everyone there and at home. Well done. Must get to an away game again soon.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby doggy » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:20 pm

settled for draw beforehand but after watching highlights looked like we were very unlucky. massive plus is that we are creating chances much more now, think the back three/ four playing higher up pitch is probably MC`s 2nd best decision of season (signing Ossie best!).
7 points from next three games will do.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Greeners » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:30 pm

Hi
Those "extended" highlights were the ones from 5's GoalRush last night.
I/We want to see the handball incident.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby stroud green » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:37 pm

Greeners wrote:Hi
Those "extended" highlights were the ones from 5's GoalRush last night.
I/We want to see the handball incident.

Wrong Greeners. The extended highlights are 2 mins 37 secs. Ch5 was 58 seconds.
Can't believe I just timed them...
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Greeners » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:06 pm

Hi Shane.
Your right but I was sure I had seen all those moves before.
It turns out it was the link in Forest Greens 8:46 pm. How they got that out before goal rush I don't know; does Sky have an earlier programme than 5?
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Timb » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:47 pm

I just watched the highlights again.

Shame they didn't show the handball incident, or Crawley's claim for a penalty, or the "taken out by the neck" incident which looked a red card as well from 75 yards :geek: . I'd like to have seen them again.

There was at least one other sublime FGR move not in those highlights, when Keanu played in Luke James for a near post shot.

Some game.

Looking forward to next Saturday.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby The Jovial Forester » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:24 pm

This version of the highlights has the handball:
https://youtu.be/WU_vBlfhr34

Can just about make a case that it's not a nailed-on gso but Doidgey is pretty much clean through and that defender running back in the middle is a way behind
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Timb » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:07 pm

Over to you Colin.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby GETCARTER » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:15 pm

Most enjoyable game to be at. Good point, but should have been three.Fg looked to be on the up in form, but too many individual mistakes at vital times and positions on the field,that let a poor Crawley side in to create dangerous situations. Poor home crowd, but great away support from both sides of our ground. We managed to park nearby for free, and on walking around the outside of the ground beforehand, asked a steward where away fans entered for their seats.She directed us to the turnstiles nearby that stated "HOME FANS". I then asked the turnstile operator was this the entrance for away fans, to which the young lad replied yes you can come in here.I did think that odd, and asked someone else on duty, who directed us to the other side of the ground !!. On entry, i bought a meat pasty from the kiosk, and when i bit into it, it was frozen, had to take it back for it to be zapped, and again bit it to find it was still stone cold.Returned again,and the muppet serving re-zapped it together with three other pies. Reminded me that if you pay peanuts, ...........
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Greeners » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:45 pm

Hi
Nailed on red surely. Doidge had already touched the ball on.
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I don't suppose that ref did an international match in Ulster earlier in the week or did he?
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby GETCARTER » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:44 pm

Obvious penalty - could not understand why the ref did not give it at the time.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby camel » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:27 pm

Good to hear MC praise the crowd.

I imagine it's tough as a manager to see some decisions go against you like they did yesterday for Coops, so good on him for taking the time to praise the travelling band of support, which is nothing less than they deserve.

The rose bed looks a lot better these days. With a settled team and formation we have our identity back. Players brought back in and our best players playing. Fans and MC showing support and appreciation to each other. And of course, winning points. More of the same please and long may it continue.
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Re: Match thread from the Checkatrade Stadium (Crawley)

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:54 pm

Perfect freeze Greeners
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