Sam Russell saved a late penalty to earn Forest Green a draw at Barrow.

Rovers started brightly and went ahead when Yan Klukoswki finished after Keiron Forbes cut the ball back following a surging run.

They were reduced to 10 men before half time when Jamie Collins saw red for an elbow on Alex-Ray Harvey, and the hosts drew level through Andy Cook's header.

Jake Thomson felled Harvey late on but Russell denied the Bluebirds victory by saving Richie Baker's effort.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I'm disappointed in the goal as it travelled 30-plus yards into our box and we've got to defend that better but having said that I can't fault the players for effort.

"It's a great point given the fact we've gone down to 10 men and I think that's incredibly harsh if you're looking for consistency from the officials, but we'll take that home and prepare for the next game.

"We've come here and stood up to them and they didn't like that, which is great from our point of view because we're a young group, it's a big step for my players and I was very proud of them."

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90:00 +4:41 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:52

Yan Klukowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex-Ray Harvey. Richie Baker produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Yan Klukowski manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:24

Strike comes in from Yan Klukowski from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Jake Thomson from the left by-line, Andy Cook makes a clearance. The referee blows for offside. Shaun Pearson takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:24 Booking

Booking Paul Smith goes into the referee's book.

89:14

Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Rutherford, Luke Graham makes a clearance. Paul Smith is penalised for a handball.

89:14 Penalty

Placed penalty taken by Richie Baker saved by Sam Russell. Barrow 1-1 Forest Green.

88:11

Jake Thomson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Alex-Ray Harvey.

85:43

Gavin Skelton takes the direct free kick, Andy Cook has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

85:43 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jake Thomson a yellow card for dissent.

85:07

Luke Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Baker.

83:57

Corner taken left-footed by Alex-Ray Harvey from the right by-line, Sam Russell makes a save.

83:07

Chris Stokes takes a shot. Save by Shaun Pearson.

82:01

The offside flag is raised against Richie Baker. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

77:48

Shot by Michael Uwezu from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

74:02

Corner taken by Jake Thomson, save by Shaun Pearson.

73:04

Handball by Michael Uwezu. Shaun Pearson restarts play with the free kick.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Michael Uwezu joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Norwood.

69:41

Liam Henderson is penalised for a handball. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

69:18

The referee blows for offside. Shaun Pearson restarts play with the free kick.

67:54

The referee blows for offside against Alex-Ray Harvey. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

67:12 Substitution

Substitution Liam Henderson is brought on as a substitute for Tommy Wright.

65:48

Yan Klukowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Rutherford. Richie Baker delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Tommy Wright makes a clearance.

63:47

Paul Smith provided the assist for the goal.

63:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Cook - Barrow 1 - 1 Forest Grn Andy Cook scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Barrow 1-1 Forest Green.

63:06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Stokes. Shaun Pearson takes the direct free kick.

60:41

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alex-Ray Harvey, Richie Baker takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

60:16

Corner taken right-footed by Richie Baker, clearance by Luke Graham.

57:27

James Norwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Hone. Free kick taken by Shaun Pearson.

54:58

James Norwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Hone. Shaun Pearson takes the free kick.

51:44

James Norwood challenges Gavin Skelton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex-Ray Harvey.

51:14

Richie Baker takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jake Thomson.

50:33

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Richie Baker, clearance made by Luke Graham.

49:20

The official flags James Norwood offside. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Pearson.

48:11

James Norwood is caught offside. Shaun Pearson takes the direct free kick.

47:16

Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

47:16 Booking

Booking Andy Cook receives a yellow card.

47:03

Andy Cook concedes a free kick for a foul on Keiron Forbes.

45:04 Substitution

Substitution Paul Rutherford on for Chris Turner.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +4:34 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +3:42

Foul by Alex-Ray Harvey on Yan Klukowski, free kick awarded. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +1:55

Tommy Wright fouled by Phil Bolland, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Jake Thomson, Header from close range by Jamie Turley misses to the right of the goal.

43:36

Unfair challenge on Yan Klukowski by Richie Baker results in a free kick. Jake Thomson takes the direct free kick.

43:21

Foul by Andy Cook on Luke Graham, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

41:12

Paul Smith takes the free kick.

41:12 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee red cards Jamie Collins for violent conduct.

40:53

Alex-Ray Harvey fouled by Jamie Collins, the ref awards a free kick.

38:06

Direct free kick taken by Shaun Pearson.

38:06 Booking

Booking Yan Klukowski is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

37:15

Yan Klukowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Pearson.

36:02

Luke Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Baker. Free kick crossed by Paul Smith, save by Sam Russell.

33:22

Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

33:22 Booking

Booking Booking for Phil Bolland for unsporting behaviour.

32:30

Foul by Phil Bolland on Chris Stokes, free kick awarded.

31:42

Foul by Tommy Wright on Danny Hone, free kick awarded. Shaun Pearson takes the free kick.

30:44

Jamie Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Baker. The ball is crossed by Richie Baker, Header from deep inside the area by Danny Hone goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

30:08

Jared Hodgkiss is adjudged to have handled the ball. Gavin Skelton takes the free kick.

25:54

Unfair challenge on Alex-Ray Harvey by Luke Graham results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Richie Baker from the free kick, save made by Sam Russell.

25:22

Andy Cook takes a shot. Luke Graham gets a block in.

24:32

Jack Mackreth takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

24:14

Jamie Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Turner. Gavin Skelton restarts play with the free kick.

20:21

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson, Foul by Jamie Collins on James Owen, free kick awarded. Shaun Pearson restarts play with the free kick.

19:47

Inswinging corner taken by Richie Baker, clearance made by Jared Hodgkiss.

17:17

Unfair challenge on Sam Russell by Andy Cook results in a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

15:14

The official flags Tommy Wright offside. Shaun Pearson restarts play with the free kick.

14:18

Alex-Ray Harvey produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

11:28

Unfair challenge on Chris Stokes by Jack Mackreth results in a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

11:05

James Owen takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Turley.

10:29

The offside flag is raised against Jack Mackreth. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

9:27

Foul by Danny Hone on James Norwood, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jake Thomson, save made by Shaun Pearson.

6:47

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Norwood. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

5:36

Jared Hodgkiss concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Skelton. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Richie Baker from left wing, clearance by Jake Thomson.

3:48

Jamie Turley fouled by Andy Cook, the ref awards a free kick. Yan Klukowski takes the free kick.

2:26

Keiron Forbes provided the assist for the goal.

2:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Barrow 0 - 1 Forest Grn Yan Klukowski finds the back of the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Barrow 0-1 Forest Green.

1:15

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jake Thomson, clearance made by Paul Smith.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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