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Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Coventry City

Forest Green Rovers secured a league double over Coventry City to boost their survival hopes and dent the visitors' promotion bid.

Captain Lee Collins' powerful drive into the top corner won it for the Gloucestershire side, who moved out of the League Two relegation zone.

Loanee winger Alex Bray's debut goal gave the hosts a half-time lead, as he tapped in on the rebound, before Marc McNulty's second-half penalty had levelled for Coventry.

For the Sky Blues, defeat ended their run of three straight wins in all competitions and saw them slip out of the play-off places.

The visitors would have expected to push on for a winner after McNulty's 13th league goal of the season just before the hour mark, as he netted from the spot after Reuben Reid's foul on Liam Kelly on the corner of the box.

Mark Robins' men went close in both halves, but it was Josh Barrett's sixth-minute curling strike that forced the match's strongest save from Forest Green goalkeeper Bradley Collins.

However, the first senior goal of Bray's career and Collins' first goal for Rovers were enough to give Mark Cooper's side a valuable third straight home win.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 2Bennett
  • 16Gunning
  • 20Rawson
  • 32Hollis
  • 31BraySubstituted forWishartat 73'minutes
  • 34OsbourneSubstituted forClementsat 63'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 8Grubb
  • 9Doidge
  • 26ReidSubstituted forCampbellat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 10Brown
  • 12Simpson
  • 17Wishart
  • 22Clements
  • 25Campbell
  • 30Belford

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2GrimmerSubstituted forMcDonaldat 31'minutes
  • 4Willis
  • 12DaviesSubstituted forHaynesat 70'minutes
  • 3Stokes
  • 30Bayliss
  • 8Doyle
  • 6KellyBooked at 38mins
  • 27Barrett
  • 9BiamouSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 64'minutes
  • 10McNulty

Substitutes

  • 5McDonald
  • 7Vincenti
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Beavon
  • 18Clarke-Harris
  • 24Haynes
  • 26Shipley
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
3,623

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Coventry City 1.

Foul by Chris Clements (Forest Green Rovers).

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Liam Kelly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Chris Clements (Forest Green Rovers).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Rod McDonald.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tahvon Campbell replaces Reuben Reid.

Delay in match Chris Stokes (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Marc McNulty (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Clements (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers).

Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Haydn Hollis (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wishart replaces Alex Bray.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Haynes replaces Tom Davies because of an injury.

Haydn Hollis (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Coventry City 1. Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dayle Grubb following a set piece situation.

Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Maxime Biamou.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Chris Clements replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

goal

As It Stood

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3Notts County30159652331954
4Mansfield301411546331353
5Accrington29164951361552
6Exeter29163104034651
7Swindon30163114742551
8Coventry301551035231250
9Lincoln City301310743301349
10Colchester31121094237546
11Newport31121094138346
12Crawley31136123436-245
13Carlisle30118114241141
14Stevenage31108134044-438
15Cambridge30108122841-1338
16Cheltenham3199134146-536
17Grimsby3299142944-1536
18Yeovil3097144350-734
19Port Vale3197153441-734
20Morecambe31710142941-1231
21Crewe3092193553-1829
22Forest Green3185183354-2129
23Chesterfield3176183155-2427
24Barnet3057182946-1722
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