Lincoln eased their relegation fears as they won at 10-man Forest Green.

The hosts had Jamie Turley sent off for a professional foul when he brought down Francis Laurent and Alan Power converted the resulting penalty.

Lincoln sealed their first away win in five league games as Power crossed for Laurent to slam into the top corner.

Forest Green had opportunities in the last 10 minutes but both Matty Taylor and James Norwood had efforts tipped away by Imps goalkeeper Paul Farman.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We shot ourselves in the foot, we're the architects of our own downfall. If you don't put your chances in the goal, you don't win games.

"We passed it around and gave them problems but then someone else made a silly mistake around our box and they put the second goal in.

"I can't have a go at the lads for a lack of effort, they gave it a really good go, but I think our inexperience has shown through in the last couple of games."

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Lincolnshire:

"We passed the ball well and at time we were probably trying to be too perfect, but I'm encouraging that passing and movement and there were some very good attacking performances.

"Two-nil is still a tricky scoreline in this league because one goal can give the other side the impetus but I felt we managed those final minutes well.

"It's three games unbeaten now which is the most important thing for me and we've come here and done that against a side who haven't been beaten for a while."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (5)

Forest Green

  • 01 Bittner
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley Dismissed
  • 22 Oshodi Booked
  • 08 Klukowski (Norwood - 73' Booked )
  • 11 Forbes
  • 21 Thomson
  • 23 Uwezu Booked (Rowe - 62' )
  • 14 Taylor
  • 24 Henderson Booked

Substitutes

  • 30 Locke
  • 16 Graham
  • 19 Rowe
  • 07 Norwood
  • 10 Griffin

Lincoln City

  • 28 Farman Booked
  • 02 Hinds Booked
  • 03 Nutter
  • 05 Gowling Booked
  • 13 Sinclair
  • 08 Power
  • 12 Platt (Medley - 62' )
  • 27 Christophe
  • 34 Thompson
  • 07 Taylor (Russell - 80' )
  • 11 Laurent (Sheridan - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Anyon
  • 15 Russell
  • 17 Nicolau
  • 36 Sheridan
  • 32 Medley
Ref: Barrett
Att: 969

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

4 3

Corners

5 5

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:17 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tyrone Thompson on Jared Hodgkiss. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jake Thomson from left channel, save by Paul Farman.

89:23

Paul Farman takes the free kick.

89:23 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan on for Francis Laurent.

89:23 Booking

Booking Paul Farman booked.

88:52 Booking

Booking The referee books Liam Henderson for unsporting behaviour.

88:11

Paul Farman fouled by Liam Henderson, the ref awards a free kick.

87:45

Outswinging corner taken by Jake Thomson from the right by-line, save by Paul Farman.

87:28

James Norwood takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

85:54 Booking

Booking Booking for James Norwood.

85:32

Effort on goal by Francis Laurent from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

84:09

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson, clearance by Tony Sinclair.

83:53

Matty Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.

81:26

Francis Laurent fouled by Jared Hodgkiss, the ref awards a free kick. Francis Laurent takes the direct free kick.

79:56

Simon Russell takes the outswinging corner, James Bittner makes a save.

79:36 Substitution

Substitution Simon Russell on for Jamie Taylor.

79:23

Alan Power delivers the ball, clearance made by Eddie Oshodi.

75:42

Keiron Forbes fouled by Tyrone Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Thomson.

73:27

Handball decision goes against Keiron Forbes. Indirect free kick taken by Tony Sinclair.

72:45 Substitution

Substitution James Norwood is brought on as a substitute for Yan Klukowski.

71:45

Alan Power provided the assist for the goal.

71:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Francis Laurent - Forest Grn 0 - 2 Lincoln Francis Laurent fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Forest Green 0-2 Lincoln City.

69:50

Richard Hinds fouled by Matty Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

69:00

Liam Henderson takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

67:02

The assistant referee signals for offside against Francis Laurent. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

64:57

Shot by Keiron Forbes from a long way out goes over the target.

61:29 Substitution

Substitution James Rowe on for Michael Uwezu.

60:52

Matty Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

60:52 Substitution

Substitution (Lincoln City) makes a substitution, with Luke Medley coming on for Conal Platt.

60:52 Booking

Booking Booking for Josh Gowling for unsporting behaviour.

60:45

Foul by Josh Gowling on Michael Uwezu, free kick awarded.

58:52

Jean Francois Christophe takes a shot. Save made by James Bittner.

56:57

Francis Laurent has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

56:06

Jamie Taylor delivers the ball, James Bittner makes a save.

53:22

Outswinging corner taken by Conal Platt, Michael Uwezu manages to make a clearance.

53:11

Francis Laurent takes a shot. Save made by James Bittner.

51:31

Handball decision goes against Francis Laurent. Jake Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. Matty Taylor is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Farman.

51:07

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson, Richard Hinds manages to make a clearance.

51:01

Centre by Matty Taylor, blocked by Josh Gowling.

50:25

Foul by Conal Platt on Matty Taylor, free kick awarded. Chris Stokes restarts play with the free kick.

49:48

The ball is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, save made by Paul Farman.

47:51

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Hinds.

46:59

Richard Hinds takes the free kick.

46:59 Booking

Booking Michael Uwezu goes into the referee's book.

46:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Uwezu on Jamie Taylor.

45:30

Tony Sinclair sends in a cross, clearance by Keiron Forbes.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:50

Jake Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Paul Farman makes a save.

45:00 +0:50 Booking

Booking Richard Hinds is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Richard Hinds.

43:21

The ball is swung over by Jared Hodgkiss, clearance by John Nutter.

43:09

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, John Nutter makes a clearance.

41:09

Francis Laurent provided the assist for the goal.

41:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Power - Forest Grn 0 - 1 Lincoln Alan Power scores a power penalty. Forest Green 0-1 Lincoln City.

39:45 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Jamie Turley a red card.

39:34

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Francis Laurent by Jamie Turley.

38:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jared Hodgkiss on Alan Power. The ball is crossed by John Nutter, Jean Francois Christophe produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

35:19

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Conal Platt, save made by James Bittner.

33:49

Centre by Chris Stokes, Richard Hinds makes a clearance.

32:00

Jean Francois Christophe challenges Keiron Forbes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jake Thomson from right channel, clearance made by Richard Hinds.

31:01

Eddie Oshodi fouled by Francis Laurent, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

29:40

A cross is delivered by Jake Thomson, John Nutter makes a clearance.

28:14

Unfair challenge on Michael Uwezu by Josh Gowling results in a free kick. Jake Thomson restarts play with the free kick.

27:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Nutter by Jamie Turley. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

27:39

The ball is swung over by Michael Uwezu, Josh Gowling makes a clearance.

27:17

Short corner taken by Jake Thomson from the right by-line, The ball is swung over by Yan Klukowski, Josh Gowling manages to make a clearance.

26:50

Jake Thomson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Conal Platt.

26:37

Jared Hodgkiss sends in a cross, Richard Hinds manages to make a clearance.

25:12

Yan Klukowski produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

23:21

The ball is swung over by Michael Uwezu, save by Paul Farman.

23:04

Liam Henderson takes a shot.

22:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Henderson on Josh Gowling. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alan Power, Jamie Turley manages to make a clearance.

21:16

The ball is crossed by Conal Platt, save by James Bittner.

20:54

Corner taken by Conal Platt, clearance made by Chris Stokes.

19:51

Liam Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

16:44

Keiron Forbes concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Power. John Nutter delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, save by James Bittner.

14:45

Shot from just outside the area by Matty Taylor misses to the right of the target.

11:56

Tony Sinclair fouled by Matty Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

10:55

Matty Taylor takes a shot. Paul Farman makes a save.

7:35

Foul by Keiron Forbes on Jamie Taylor, free kick awarded. John Nutter crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

5:43

Keiron Forbes fouled by Tyrone Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

4:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jared Hodgkiss on Conal Platt. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

3:44

Corner taken by Conal Platt from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Chris Stokes.

2:47

Free kick taken by John Nutter.

2:47 Booking

Booking Eddie Oshodi goes into the book.

2:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eddie Oshodi on Francis Laurent.

0:11

Liam Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony Sinclair. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers