Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper distraught after conceding late on in defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 March 2017
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Rovers boss feels his team would have been good value for at least a point at Daggers
Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper believes his side should have got something out of their National League defeat away to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Daggers took all three points in a battle between the two promotion rivals courtesy of a late Scott Doe header in a 2-1 triumph.
That goal came just moments after Christian Doidge had levelled the scores for Rovers following Jordan Maguire-Drew’s opener early in the second half.
And though Cooper acknowledged his side were not up to standard for much of the game, he felt they should have kicked on to win, rather than concede again, after equalising.
“It was a tough game, a typical one at the end of the season with a lot at stake for both sides,” he said. “We didn’t play as well as we can, so credit to Dagenham.
“When we got back into the game at 1-1, we had the momentum and could have got another chance.
“Instead, we made a bad decision, gave away a free-kick and let them put the ball in the box, from which they scored. We end up on the wrong side of the score when maybe we shouldn’t have.”
The Forest Green boss was particularly disappointed with how Daggers’ winner was conceded.
Fejiri Okenabirhie was fouled in a harmless location by Rovers left-back Marcus Kelly, allowing Frankie Raymond to deliver the free-kick from which Doe scored.
And Cooper was angry with his side for giving away such a soft free-kick at such a crucial time in the match.
“It was a silly free-kick to give away and there was no need to do it,” added the Rovers manager.
“When you’re under pressure, you need to make good decisions, but we made a couple of bad ones at key times.”
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