Gateshead's play-off ambitions suffered a cruel blow following defeat away at Forest Green.

In a first half of few chances, the Tynesiders took the lead when Micky Cummins turned in Alan O'Brien's cross.

However, Tommy Wright was on hand to fire home the equaliser after the visitors' defence failed to clear.

Liam Henderson then put Rovers in front with a neatly taken goal and, despite heavy Gateshead pressure, the hosts stood strong to earn the win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Hockaday - Changes won the game

"I thought we looked rusty which you'd expect after a three-week lay off, but we've managed to get our way back into it.

"It's not about personalities, it's about the team. Were in a position where we can make changes, and today they won us the game.

"I thought Jamie Collins was immense today. He's a good leader and presence and kept things simple.

"At the end of the day we just have to start clawing our way up the league."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Forest Green

  • 30 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes Booked
  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Oshodi (Graham - 83' )
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 21 Thomson (Pook - 58' )
  • 28 J Collins
  • 07 Norwood Booked
  • 14 Taylor
  • 29 T Wright (Henderson - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bulman
  • 16 Graham
  • 04 Pook
  • 23 Uwezu
  • 24 Henderson

Gateshead

  • 01 Deasy
  • 02 Anaclet Booked
  • 03 Rents Booked
  • 05 Curtis
  • 06 Clark Booked
  • 04 Gate
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 11 Cummins
  • 16 Gillies (Marwood - 46' )
  • 24 O'Brien (Moore - 71' )
  • 10 Odubade

Substitutes

  • 13 Farman
  • 14 Baxter
  • 18 Magney
  • 17 Marwood
  • 19 Moore
Ref: Ford
Att: 751

Match Stats

Shots

6 6

On target

3 5

Corners

5 3

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:32

Unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Sam Rents results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Michael Pook from right wing, save by Tim Deasy.

90:00 +1:16

The ball is crossed by Chris Moore.

89:33

Corner taken by Yemi Odubade from the left by-line played to the near post.

87:16

Corner taken by Yemi Odubade from the right by-line, clearance made by James Norwood.

84:33

Unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss by James Marwood results in a free kick. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

83:23 Booking

Booking Booking for James Norwood.

82:16

Direct free kick taken by Tim Deasy.

82:16 Substitution

Substitution Eddie Oshodi goes off and Luke Graham comes on.

82:16

Tim Deasy fouled by Matty Taylor, the ref awards a free kick.

80:07

The offside flag is raised against Matty Taylor. Free kick taken by Ben Clark.

79:51

Sam Rents fouled by James Norwood, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Turnbull takes the free kick.

78:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Henderson - Forest Grn 2 - 1 Gateshead Liam Henderson grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Forest Green 2-1 Gateshead.

76:53

The ball is sent over by Chris Stokes, clearance by Sam Rents. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Pook, clearance made by Ben Clark.

75:03

Effort from the edge of the area by James Norwood goes wide of the left-hand post.

72:42

Eddie Odhiambo takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

72:07

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matty Taylor. Free kick taken by Eddie Odhiambo.

71:40

The ball is swung over by Yan Klukowski, Sam Rents gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Pook played to the near post, clearance by Eddie Odhiambo.

70:04

Free kick taken by Tim Deasy.

70:04 Substitution

Substitution Alan O'Brien leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Moore.

70:04

Matty Taylor is ruled offside.

68:27

Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Pook from right channel, clearance by Phil Turnbull.

68:27 Booking

Booking Sam Rents goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

67:48

Sam Rents gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Henderson.

66:49 Substitution

Substitution Liam Henderson comes on in place of Tommy Wright.

65:51

Phil Turnbull fouled by James Norwood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

64:07

Tommy Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yemi Odubade. Alan O'Brien has an effort direct from the free kick.

62:12

Yemi Odubade takes a shot. Blocked by Eddie Oshodi.

61:04

The referee blows for offside against Alan O'Brien. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Jake Thomson leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Pook.

55:35

Sam Rents produces a cross.

53:34

Alan O'Brien sends in a cross, save by Sam Russell.

53:00

James Norwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Rents. Direct free kick taken by Ben Clark.

51:34

The referee blows for offside against Matty Taylor. Free kick taken by James Curtis.

49:49

James Norwood challenges James Marwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Yemi Odubade, Micky Cummins takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yemi Odubade played to the near post, save by Sam Russell.

48:55

Jake Thomson delivers the ball, James Curtis makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson, Sam Rents manages to make a clearance.

45:52

James Marwood crosses the ball, save by Sam Russell.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Marwood replaces Josh Gillies.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:26

Yemi Odubade concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Stokes. Eddie Oshodi takes the direct free kick.

43:58

Unfair challenge on Chris Stokes by Micky Cummins results in a free kick. Jake Thomson takes the free kick.

43:33

Foul by Yemi Odubade on Jamie Turley, free kick awarded. Jamie Turley takes the free kick.

39:53

Free kick crossed right-footed by Jake Thomson.

39:53 Booking

Booking Booking for Eddie Odhiambo.

39:43

Foul by Eddie Odhiambo on James Norwood, free kick awarded.

38:29 Booking

Booking Chris Stokes shown a yellow card.

37:30

Phil Turnbull takes a shot. Eddie Oshodi gets a block in.

35:46

Jared Hodgkiss fouled by Alan O'Brien, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jake Thomson, clearance by James Curtis.

34:40

Matty Taylor produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

32:42

Unfair challenge on James Curtis by Tommy Wright results in a free kick. Tim Deasy takes the direct free kick.

25:34

The ball is crossed by James Norwood, blocked by Eddie Odhiambo. Corner taken by Jake Thomson from the left by-line, Tim Deasy makes a save.

24:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Tommy Wright - Forest Grn 1 - 1 Gateshead Tommy Wright grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-1 Gateshead.

23:54

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, blocked by Josh Gillies. Jake Thomson takes the inswinging corner,

22:11

Unfair challenge on Chris Stokes by Eddie Odhiambo results in a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

20:27

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jake Thomson.

20:27 Booking

Booking Ben Clark receives a yellow card.

20:16

Unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Ben Clark results in a free kick.

17:16

Tommy Wright challenges Sam Rents unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

16:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Micky Cummins. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

12:07

The assist for the goal came from Alan O'Brien.

12:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Micky Cummins - Forest Grn 0 - 1 Gateshead Micky Cummins gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 0-1 Gateshead.

11:59

Alan O'Brien sends in a cross,

9:00

Matty Taylor challenges Ben Clark unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Turnbull takes the direct free kick.

8:39

Phil Turnbull gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Russell. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

6:25

A cross is delivered by Yan Klukowski, Sam Rents makes a clearance.

5:15

Jake Thomson takes a shot. Save by Tim Deasy.

1:21

Centre by Chris Stokes.

0:18

Jamie Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micky Cummins. Free kick taken by James Curtis.

0:00

The match begins.

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