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Macclesfield Town 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

Arthur Gnahoua scored a late winner to complete a second-half comeback as 10-man Macclesfield edged out Forest Green in League Two.

The striker looped in an incredible goal with seven minutes to play to give Mark Kennedy his first win as Silkmen head coach.

Joe Ironside had scored the equaliser with Macclesfield's first shot on target 15 minutes from time, and Gnahoua netted the second just after they had been reduced to 10 men following Corey O'Keeffe's red card.

Forest Green barely had to get out of second gear in the first half, but led thanks to Carl Winchester's 18th-minute strike, driven in from 25 yards for only his second goal of the season.

Jevani Brown should have doubled the lead midway through the half when clean through but he scuffed his effort wide.

Josh March wasted Forest Green's best chance from the penalty spot, two minutes into the second half. Having been fouled by O'Keeffe, March saw his spot-kick palmed away by home keeper Jonathan Mitchell.

And those glaring misses came back to haunt Rovers as Ironside drilled in the equaliser.

O'Keeffe's game ended 10 minutes from time after he hacked down March, who was charging through, but shortly after Gnahoua produced his moment of magic to stun Rovers.

Macclesfield remain in 22nd place, but are now six points above the relegation zone.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1Mitchell
  • 16O'KeeffeBooked at 80mins
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15HorsfallBooked at 69mins
  • 23Fitzpatrick
  • 19Whitehead
  • 11Archibald
  • 8HarrisSubstituted forOsadebeat 61'minutes
  • 14KirbySubstituted forStephensat 71'minutes
  • 7Gnahoua
  • 9IronsideSubstituted forBlythat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Stephens
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 18Blyth
  • 20Osadebe
  • 24Rose
  • 25Cameron

Forest Green

  • 26Logan
  • 3Bernard
  • 6Rawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 19McGinley
  • 14Adams
  • 7Winchester
  • 15HallSubstituted forCollinsat 65'minutes
  • 16BrownSubstituted forMondalat 28'minutes
  • 42Bailey
  • 28MarchSubstituted forStevensat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 5Mills
  • 9Stevens
  • 10Collins
  • 18Dawson
  • 25Mondal
  • 29Aitchison
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
1,653

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home5
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away11
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dominic Bernard.

Attempt saved. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Kitching.

Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Bernard.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matt Stevens replaces Josh March.

Attempt saved. Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Collins.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jacob Blyth replaces Joe Ironside.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 1. Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt saved. Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) is shown the red card.

Foul by Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town).

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

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Liam Kitching.

Attempt missed. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aaron Collins.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1. Joe Ironside (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Ben Stephens replaces Connor Kirby.

Attempt blocked. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Odin Bailey with a cross.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadebe.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Odin Bailey.

Booking

Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town).

Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town).

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Aaron Collins replaces Robert Hall.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt blocked. David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces Jay Harris.

Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon29175752312156
2Exeter28159438271154
3Plymouth27155745281750
4Crewe28147751351649
5Colchester291113538251346
6Northampton28137841311046
7Bradford29121073527846
8Cheltenham271111541221944
9Forest Green2912893427744
10Port Vale29101183536-141
11Newport269982624236
12Salford2999113640-436
13Walsall29106132939-1036
14Crawley29811103941-235
15Scunthorpe2989123942-333
16Cambridge2988133138-732
17Leyton Orient29710123646-1031
18Mansfield2979134045-530
19Grimsby2779112733-630
20Oldham29612112843-1530
21Carlisle2878132645-1929
22Macclesfield2871382831-328
23Morecambe2958162551-2623
24Stevenage29313132033-1322
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