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Mark Cooper: 'Forest Green Rovers deserved something from Notts County game'

Joe Jones

Mark Cooper has claimed that Forest Green Rovers deserved to get something out of their game against Notts County despite a "terrible" first half.

The Magpies ran out 2-1 winners over the Green Devils at the New Lawn on Saturday, taking the lead through Liam Noble after the visitors pounced on a defensive mistake.

Although Tahvon Campbell grabbed an equaliser for the hosts, Matt Tootle had the final say when he slugged the ball through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net.

“The first half was a non-event, we didn’t start well so the only complaint I can have today was that the first half was terrible,” former Notts boss Cooper told the official FGR site.

“We didn’t play with any tempo, that obviously wasn’t coached that was just us being pedestrian, not asking questions of Notts County at the back, of their defence, and we just let them play themselves into the game and get a goal.

“Wishart dribbled in the box and gave it straight to their centre forward and it ricocheted and they tapped it in.

“I thought in the second-half we were brilliant, I thought we had a right go. All I said at half time was go and have a go and we deserved to get something out of the game.

“We should defend better and with the experience we’ve got in the side, we should get something. We didn’t produce that final telling pass in the final third which we’d have liked to.

“We dominated the second half but we have to make sure we get at least a point as I a point would have been a good result for us. It was a chance to test ourselves against a top three and see how far away we are and in the second half we showed we’re not far.”

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