Forest Green Rovers edged past 10-man Nuneaton, who stayed rooted to the bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Promotion-chasing Rovers, who sit third in the table, took the lead in the second half thanks to James Norwood's strike from the edge of the box.

The visitors saw Gavin Cowan sent off for violent conduct two minutes later and they failed to find a equaliser.

Boro keeper Adam Smith kept the score down with a fine save from Matt Taylor's effort.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire

We have to be better - Hockaday

"In the first half, we just couldn't get going and they did a real good job in stopping us, we have to give them credit for that but we just weren't at it.

"But in the second half, we got ahead and deservedly had some flurries of play. We then made it difficult for ourselves.

"I'm delighted with the result, scoreline and the clean sheet. However, I'm disappointed with the performance, which is something we'll look at to improve.

"In my head I'm in turmoil thinking about how did we play so poorly because our standards have been so high. We'll work hard to put that right.

"I want a better performance, more tempo, intensity and more desire."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 21 Racine
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 28 Brogan
  • 07 Koroma Booked (Norwood - 46' )
  • 10 Vieira (Styche - 67' )
  • 14 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 22 Green
  • 09 Styche
  • 20 Norwood
  • 27 Jarvis

Nuneaton

  • 23 Smith
  • 02 Cartwright
  • 04 Cowan Dismissed
  • 05 Dean
  • 14 Forsdick (Adams - 88' )
  • 18 James
  • 21 O'Halloran
  • 06 Walker
  • 10 Brown
  • 17 Newton (Armson - 79' )
  • 26 Taylor (York - 80' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 15 Gordon
  • 11 Adams
  • 12 Armson
  • 13 Sleath
  • 07 York
Ref: Swabey
Att: 948

Match Stats

Shots

8 1

On target

6 1

Corners

12 1

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:05 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +5:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Cartwright on Reece Styche. Free kick taken by Reece Styche.

90:00 +4:27

Foul by Gareth Dean on Matt Taylor, free kick awarded. Reece Styche takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:45 Booking

Booking Wesley York is cautioned.

90:00 +0:41

Inswinging corner taken by Tom James, Gareth Dean challenges Eddie Oshodi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

87:51 Substitution

Substitution Jon Adams replaces Simon Forsdick.

87:04

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan from the right by-line, Gareth Dean makes a clearance.

85:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yan Klukowski on Adam Walker. Adam Smith takes the free kick.

82:35

Andy Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Eddie Oshodi. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

82:10

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Adam Smith.

80:03

Corner from the right by-line taken by Steve Brogan, Gareth Dean makes a clearance.

78:51 Substitution

Substitution Wesley York on for Connor Taylor.

78:51 Substitution

Substitution Danny Newton leaves the field to be replaced by James Armson.

75:19

The offside flag is raised against Reece Styche. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Smith.

74:53

Danny Newton takes a shot. Steve Brogan gets a block in.

73:39

Stephen O'Halloran concedes a free kick for a foul on Reece Styche. Direct free kick taken by Steve Brogan.

72:18

James Norwood produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

71:40

Corner from left by-line taken by Steve Brogan.

70:43

Andy Brown fouled by Aarran Racine, the ref awards a free kick. Tom James restarts play with the free kick.

70:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen O'Halloran by Matt Taylor. Adam Smith takes the direct free kick.

66:58 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira goes off and Reece Styche comes on.

66:29

Steve Brogan takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Dean.

64:27

Matt Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Smith.

64:13

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Adam Walker gets a block in.

63:20

Corner taken by Steve Brogan from the right by-line, clearance made by Stephen O'Halloran.

61:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Norwood on Tom James. Free kick taken by Adam Smith.

58:05

Matt Taylor takes a shot. Save by Adam Smith.

56:04

Corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan to the near post, clearance made by Andy Brown.

54:58

The referee blows for offside against James Norwood. Free kick taken by Adam Smith.

53:38 Dismissal

Dismissal Gavin Cowan is sent off by the referee for violent conduct.

51:13

Assist on the goal came from Matt Taylor.

51:13 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Nuneaton James Norwood finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-0 Nuneaton.

50:50

James Norwood has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box hitting the post.

49:04

Corner from the left by-line taken by Steve Brogan, clearance made by Gavin Cowan.

46:23

Magno Vieira is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Smith.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Norwood on for Omar Koroma.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:59

Unfair challenge on Steve Brogan by Adam Walker results in a free kick. Steve Brogan takes the free kick.

40:43

Free kick taken by Adam Smith.

40:43 Booking

Booking Booking for Omar Koroma.

40:36

Unfair challenge on Neil Cartwright by Omar Koroma results in a free kick.

38:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Cartwright on Omar Koroma. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

36:47

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan played to the near post, Neil Cartwright makes a clearance.

36:29

Steve Brogan takes a shot. Simon Forsdick gets a block in.

32:03

Danny Newton concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Brogan. Steve Brogan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

31:07

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan played to the near post, clearance by Andy Brown.

23:58

The referee penalises Omar Koroma for handball. Adam Smith takes the direct free kick.

22:44

Foul by Matt Taylor on Gavin Cowan, free kick awarded. Neil Cartwright takes the direct free kick.

20:36

The referee blows for offside against Magno Vieira. Adam Smith restarts play with the free kick.

20:09

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Neil Cartwright.

18:56

Simon Forsdick concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Brogan. Steve Brogan has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Adam Smith.

17:15

Gavin Cowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Turley. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

16:29

Andy Brown fouled by Eddie Oshodi, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom James.

14:17

Danny Newton challenges Eddie Oshodi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

13:07

Steve Brogan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Forsdick. Free kick taken by Adam Smith.

10:48

Inswinging corner taken by Steve Brogan from the right by-line played to the near post, Andy Brown makes a clearance.

10:07

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan from the left by-line to the near post, Neil Cartwright makes a clearance.

7:46

The official flags Matt Taylor offside. Adam Smith takes the free kick.

6:48

Inswinging corner taken by Steve Brogan, clearance by Stephen O'Halloran.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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