Stockport began life without Jim Gannon with a victory over Forest Green to climb out of the relegation zone.

The Hatters, who sacked boss Gannon on Wednesday after 14 months in charge, went ahead through Sean Newton's sublime 20-yard free-kick.

Jon Nolan doubled the hosts' advantage with his first goal for the club when he turned home Sam Sheridan's cross.

Reece Styche's strike from the edge of the box reduced the deficit, but Rovers were unable to find an equaliser.

The Hatters' win means they move two points clear of the drop zone, while Forest Green remain in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places despite their defeat.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Hockaday counts cost of missed chances

"I thought we played really well today and I can't fault the effort.

We moved the ball about and created chances, we just need to nail the moments.

"I'm not downhearted. Teams will win, lose or draw and we have to just keep on believing. If we play like that, then I'm a happy manager.

"Unfortunately for us, with the few chances they had, they've taken them, and we've been punished cruelly."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Stockport

  • 13 O'Donnell
  • 02 Halls Booked
  • 03 Newton
  • 06 Tunnicliffe
  • 20 Fagbola
  • 08 Kenyon
  • 14 Sheridan (Collins - 83' )
  • 18 Nolan Booked
  • 07 Whitehead
  • 09 Hattersley (Hobson - 72' )
  • 24 Jennings

Substitutes

  • 01 Ormson
  • 04 Connor
  • 22 Mainwaring
  • 10 Collins
  • 11 Hobson

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes Booked
  • 05 Turley Booked
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 04 Bangura Booked
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes (Collins - 55' )
  • 10 Vieira (Styche - 53' )
  • 14 Taylor
  • 20 Norwood (Odubade - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 12 Collins
  • 07 Koroma
  • 09 Styche
  • 27 Odubade
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 2,802

Match Stats

Shots

14 15

On target

9 5

Corners

3 5

Fouls

18 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:47 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:13

Unfair challenge on Craig Hobson by Eddie Oshodi results in a free kick. Danny Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:44

Chris Stokes takes a shot. Save made by Richard O'Donnell.

90:00 +2:38

Foul by Connor Jennings on Chris Stokes, free kick awarded. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:09

Connor Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Jared Hodgkiss. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:08

Jared Hodgkiss produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 35 yards that went over the bar.

89:05

Foul by James Tunnicliffe on Matt Taylor, free kick awarded. Jared Hodgkiss restarts play with the free kick.

87:41

Sean Newton takes the free kick.

87:41 Booking

Booking Jamie Turley receives a yellow card.

87:22

Unfair challenge on Craig Hobson by Jamie Turley results in a free kick.

86:55

Craig Hobson challenges Sam Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

85:10

Eddie Oshodi is penalised for a handball. Shot on goal comes in from Sean Newton from the free kick, save made by Richard O'Donnell.

82:51 Substitution

Substitution Tom Collins replaces Sam Sheridan.

82:04

Foul by Craig Hobson on Jared Hodgkiss, free kick awarded. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

80:40

Chris Stokes produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

79:17

Connor Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

75:45

Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

75:45 Substitution

Substitution Yemi Odubade on for James Norwood.

75:45

Danny Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Eddie Oshodi.

75:29

Sam Sheridan takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Stokes.

74:47

Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

74:47 Booking

Booking Jon Nolan receives a caution.

74:22 Booking

Booking Andy Halls is given a yellow card.

73:59 Booking

Booking Chris Stokes is booked.

72:24

Unfair challenge on Chris Stokes by Andy Halls results in a free kick.

71:03

Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

71:03 Substitution

Substitution Danny Hattersley leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Hobson.

71:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Newton on Jamie Turley.

70:33

Corner taken left-footed by Sean Newton, clearance by James Norwood.

69:47

Jamie Collins takes a shot. Save by Richard O'Donnell.

68:49

Effort from the edge of the box by Jamie Collins goes wide of the left-hand post.

68:24

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Stokes.

63:54

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

62:28

Jamie Collins provided the assist for the goal.

62:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Reece Styche - Stockport 2 - 1 Forest Grn Reece Styche fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Stockport County 2-1 Forest Green.

60:55

Volleyed right-footed shot by Chris Stokes. Sam Sheridan gets a block in.

60:07

Connor Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Collins. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

59:26

Long distance shot from Reece Styche misses to the left of the target.

56:46

Reece Styche challenges Jordan Fagbola unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard O'Donnell takes the direct free kick.

55:16

James Tunnicliffe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yan Klukowski. Shot comes in from Yan Klukowski from the free kick.

54:32

Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

54:32 Substitution

Substitution Kieron Forbes leaves the field to be replaced by Jamie Collins.

54:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Sheridan on James Norwood.

54:06

Al Bangura concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan. James Tunnicliffe restarts play with the free kick.

53:12

The official flags Reece Styche offside. James Tunnicliffe restarts play with the free kick.

52:02

Free kick crossed right-footed by Yan Klukowski, clearance by Richard O'Donnell.

52:02 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira goes off and Reece Styche comes on.

52:02

Unfair challenge on Kieron Forbes by Danny Hattersley results in a free kick.

50:59

Danny Hattersley is ruled offside. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

50:43

Danny Whitehead has an effort at goal. Jamie Turley gets a block in.

48:09

Sam Sheridan provided the assist for the goal.

48:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Nolan - Stockport 2 - 0 Forest Grn Jon Nolan fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Stockport County 2-0 Forest Green.

47:29

James Norwood produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

47:02

Sean Newton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Sam Russell makes a save.

46:43

Unfair challenge on Connor Jennings by Jamie Turley results in a free kick. Sam Sheridan takes the free kick.

46:07

Magno Vieira is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard O'Donnell takes the direct free kick.

45:28

Foul by Danny Whitehead on Magno Vieira, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Turley.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:37 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:13

James Norwood takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell makes a save.

45:00 +0:23

The ball is swung over by Andy Halls, James Tunnicliffe has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the right of the goal.

45:00 +0:23 Booking

Booking Al Bangura is given a yellow card.

44:59

Al Bangura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Sheridan.

44:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss by Danny Whitehead. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

42:33

Foul by Sean Newton on James Norwood, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yan Klukowski from right wing.

42:09

Andy Halls challenges Al Bangura unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

41:58

Andy Halls takes a shot. Jamie Turley gets a block in.

39:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Newton - Stockport 1 - 0 Forest Grn Sean Newton hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Stockport County 1-0 Forest Green.

38:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Norwood on Sam Sheridan.

37:18

Yan Klukowski has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

34:36

Kieron Forbes takes a shot. Matt Taylor takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell gets a block in.

33:43

Sam Sheridan takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

33:07

Shot by Jon Nolan from just outside the area goes over the net.

32:50

Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line to the near post.

32:33

The ball is crossed by Kieron Forbes,

29:06

Danny Whitehead fouled by Kieron Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sam Sheridan, save made by Sam Russell.

28:29

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Stokes, clearance made by Danny Hattersley.

28:16

The ball is delivered by Magno Vieira, blocked by Sam Sheridan.

21:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Magno Vieira. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

16:10

Long range effort from Alex Kenyon misses to the left of the goal.

15:33

Danny Whitehead has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

10:43

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sean Newton, clearance by Jamie Turley.

10:26

The ball is swung over by Sam Sheridan,

7:01

Effort from the edge of the box by Matt Taylor goes wide of the right-hand upright.

2:47

Outswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line, Jon Nolan manages to make a clearance.

2:02

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Yan Klukowski, Sam Sheridan makes a clearance.

1:26

Alex Kenyon challenges Jamie Turley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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