Wes Burns scored an injury-time winner on his debut to give Forest Green Rovers a dramatic victory at Southport.

The hosts took the lead through Shaun Whalley's spot-kick after Kieron Forbes fouled Chris Almond in the area.

But substitute Yemi Odubade equalised when he collected James Norwood's pass and calmly finished from six yards.

Burns, who joined on loan from Bristol City earlier in the day, secured Forest Green's first win in six games with a powerful finish from close range.

The result leaves Rovers sixth in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, but they are now only three points behind fifth-placed Grimsby Town.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

Hockaday reveals half-time rant

"In the first half we were shocking. We didn't turn up and it looked like we'd given up.

"It was the most bizarre half I've ever seen and for the second time this season I've had to rip into them.

"I don't like doing it and I shouldn't have to with the quality we've got.

"But in the second half we blew them away."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 02 Smith
  • 06 Grand
  • 05 Parry
  • 07 Whalley
  • 08 Ledsham Booked
  • 10 Clancy
  • 12 Benjamin
  • 15 Chalmers (Lever - 77' )
  • 21 Kay
  • 11 Almond (Willis - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Hibbert
  • 03 Lever
  • 23 Willis
  • 16 Moogan
  • 18 Tames

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 03 Stokes
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 21 Racine
  • 22 Green Booked
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski (Odubade - 55' )
  • 11 Forbes
  • 14 Taylor (Burns - 46' )
  • 20 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 17 Fowler
  • 10 Vieira
  • 27 Odubade
  • 29 Burns
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 632

Match Stats

Shots

6 12

On target

4 8

Corners

2 1

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

94:30 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:11

Effort on goal by Yemi Odubade from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +1:50

Assist by Yemi Odubade.

90:00 +1:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Wes Burns - Southport 1 - 2 Forest Grn Wes Burns finds the back of the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Southport 1-2 Forest Green.

90:00 +0:31

Sean Clancy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieron Forbes. Free kick taken by Kieron Forbes.

87:10 Substitution

Substitution Liam Willis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Almond.

86:02

Assist on the goal came from James Norwood.

86:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Yemi Odubade - Southport 1 - 1 Forest Grn Yemi Odubade scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Southport 1-1 Forest Green.

84:13

Andy Parry concedes a free kick for a foul on James Norwood. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from James Norwood.

83:39

Paul Green sends in a cross.

82:35

James Norwood takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

82:08

Foul by Sean Clancy on Wes Burns, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ed Asafu-Adjaye.

80:40

Shaun Whalley fouled by Eddie Oshodi, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Lever takes the free kick.

79:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Green on Karl Ledsham. Simon Grand takes the free kick.

79:12

A cross is delivered by Shaun Whalley.

77:08

Inswinging corner taken by James Norwood, save by Tony McMillan.

76:46

The referee blows for offside. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

76:12 Substitution

Substitution Chris Lever joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Chalmers.

75:34 Booking

Booking Paul Green receives a caution.

75:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Russell Benjamin by Paul Green. Direct free kick taken by Simon Grand.

70:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Grand by James Norwood. Direct free kick taken by James Smith.

69:48

The ball is delivered by Shaun Whalley.

65:38

Wes Burns concedes a free kick for a foul on James Smith. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

63:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Whalley on Paul Green. James Norwood takes the direct free kick.

60:37

Kieron Forbes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

60:01

The ball is crossed by Sean Clancy, Aarran Racine manages to make a clearance.

57:24

Wes Burns has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

57:00

A cross is delivered by Shaun Whalley, Eddie Oshodi makes a clearance.

54:09 Substitution

Substitution Yan Klukowski goes off and Yemi Odubade comes on.

52:47

James Norwood fouled by Russell Benjamin, the ref awards a free kick. Yan Klukowski takes the free kick.

52:38

Shaun Whalley delivers the ball, Sam Russell makes a save.

50:31

James Norwood takes a shot. Save made by Tony McMillan.

48:45

The referee blows for offside. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Wes Burns joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt Taylor.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:23

Foul by Al Bangura on Sean Clancy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Grand.

45:00 +0:32

Effort from 25 yards by Shaun Whalley.

44:29

Al Bangura challenges Sean Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Whalley restarts play with the free kick.

42:52

James Norwood takes a shot. Scott Kay gets a block in.

41:51 Booking

Booking Booking for Karl Ledsham for unsporting behaviour.

41:29

Chris Stokes fouled by Karl Ledsham, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

40:49

Unfair challenge on Ed Asafu-Adjaye by Karl Ledsham results in a free kick. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

38:29

The referee blows for offside. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

37:37

Kieron Forbes takes a shot. Tony McMillan makes a save.

34:58

Russell Benjamin concedes a free kick for a foul on Al Bangura. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

33:43

Shaun Whalley sends in a cross, Aarran Racine manages to make a clearance.

31:09

Centre by Chris Stokes, Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Tony McMillan makes a save.

29:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Whalley - Southport 1 - 0 Forest Grn Placed penalty scored by Shaun Whalley. Southport 1-0 Forest Green.

28:31

Kieron Forbes gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Chris Almond.

27:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ed Asafu-Adjaye by Chris Almond. Direct free kick taken by Paul Green.

24:50

James Norwood takes a shot. Save made by Tony McMillan.

23:12

Chris Almond fouled by Al Bangura, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Grand takes the free kick.

20:53

Foul by Sean Clancy on Al Bangura, free kick awarded. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

19:49

Yan Klukowski is caught offside. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

18:45

Shaun Whalley takes a shot. Aarran Racine gets a block in.

17:14

Karl Ledsham fouled by Eddie Oshodi, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Chalmers.

16:08

James Norwood crosses the ball, clearance by Andy Parry.

14:28

Aaron Chalmers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Taylor. Free kick taken by Yan Klukowski.

13:23

The official flags James Norwood offside. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

10:34

Eddie Oshodi challenges Shaun Whalley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Sean Clancy from the free kick.

7:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aarran Racine on Karl Ledsham. Shaun Whalley delivers the ball, Karl Ledsham takes a shot. Chris Stokes gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Sean Clancy from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Stokes manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sean Clancy, Karl Ledsham takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

6:00

Sean Clancy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Green. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

2:37

Chris Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley. Centre by Karl Ledsham, Shot from deep inside the area by Chris Almond clears the crossbar.

0:00

The game begins.

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