Rovers' chances of automatic promotion gone after MK Dons defeat - Cooper

Losing to MK Dons on Saturday has put paid to Forest Green Rovers' chances of automatic promotion, according to their manager Mark Cooper.

Saturday, 30th March 2019, 11:19 pm
Updated Saturday, 30th March 2019, 11:46 pm
Mark Cooper

Russell Martin's strike with four minutes to go ensured Paul Tisdale's men took all three points at The New Lawn in the 2-1 win, moving Dons up to second in the table.

With six games remaining, Forest Green are now 10 points adrift of Bury in the final automatic promotion spot - who have a game in hand - with Cooper resigned to a play-off spot at the very most this season now.

“We could win six games, but I think automatics are too much,” admitted Cooper. “We just have to concentrate on winning as many games as we can and look forward to Crawley on Saturday, today has gone – we probably deserved a point, but we didn’t get it.

“We didn’t get the basics right today, but we were still in with a chance of getting a point without playing well, but when you get that close to a point - and we are looking for a little bit of character - and I’m looking for the experienced players to see it out, but it was too easy - a cross in the box and a free shot for the second.

"We played a good team, who beat us without playing well.”