“It could’ve easily been five or six today” – Forest Green Rovers boss Steve Cotterill after Morecambe win

Forest Green Rovers boss Steve Cotterill has said “I think the reaction was at the beginning of the game even though we had gone 1-0 down” after his side’s 2-1 win over Morecambe.

In the final away game of the season for the Rovers, the hosts opened the scoring 30 minutes in after a goal from Charlie Brown.

Rovers were level just nine minutes later after a through ball from Kyle McAllister found Charlie McCann, his shot found the left corner of the goal.

Forest Green then went 2-1 up just five minutes later when McAllister’s effort went through Archie Mair in the Morecambe goal, assisted by Christian Doidge.

The second-half remained end-to-end, with the best chance of the half coming through McAllister, who won the ball off Morecambe goalkeeper, Archie Mair in the last kick of the game, but his effort went over the crossbar.

After the Rovers’ first win in four, Cotterill made it very clear that: “If you think about it, I think before they scored the first goal, I thought that really we should have probably been 3-0 up.

"To be fair to them they got in some good blocks to stop those chances, so credit to them for that bit of defending and then they ended up going 1-0 up.

"I thought they went 1-0 up against the run of play, I thought we were good today and well worth the victory. I thought 2-1 has flattered them (Morecambe) and even at the end there, if you think about it being three in the first-half, we have missed a couple of chances in the second-half, it could’ve easily been five or six today.”

The Rovers boss was desperate for a reaction from the players after their 6-0 defeat at Wrexham last weekend.

On the positive turnaround today, Cotterill said: “I think the reaction was at the beginning of the game even though we had gone 1-0 down, I thought that sort of just summed up where it has been a little bit, but I thought the guys came here today and I thought they played very well.

"Their manager mentioned before the game that we might be sulking, so you have got to be careful what you say sometimes before certain games.”

Vicente Reyes made an error leading to Morecambe’s goal, but more than made up for it with the remainder of his performance in the game.

On the young goalkeeper, the Rovers boss stated: “He made a great save at the end there when it was at 2-1, but really that error was his error, but we had worked on something this week that really that should not have been his error.

"That is all I am saying on it, by the time it got to Vinny he should have had another option and he didn’t have and we had already worked on something like that in this week.

“Really, that error while it is his, that is probably a few people involved in that, not just Vinny.

"When you are the goalkeeper unfortunately when it is time for you to make a mistake you don’t have a chance to recover from it and it is in the back of your net.

"I felt for him on that, but I thought he showed great strength and character and took a couple of crosses under pressure in the second-half.”

Richard Keogh was replaced by Dom Bernard just before the 70th minute mark with what looked like an injury.

On the centre-back, Cotterill said: “He has had a little bit of a problem with his knee for a couple of weeks now.

"He took a bang on it the other week and we have just got to make sure that he is okay and that is what it was. Those substitutions at the end were something to make.”

Rovers’ final game of the season is next Saturday against Notts County who come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Colchester United.

On the game next weekend, the Rovers boss said: “There is nothing more we can do about it other than playing with professional pride, work hard and be honest.

"We have got 90 minutes where we have got to finish off the season as properly as we can, it will be another difficult game next week we know that, against a good football team in Notts County.

"We will be into that and we will prepare for that after another long journey home.”

Morecambe: Mair; Senior, Love (Davenport 78), Rawson, Tutonda; Khumbeni, Harrack (Songo’o 58), Brown (Adams 78), McKiernan (Larsson 86), Slew; Edwards (Smith 86).

Forest Green Rovers: Reyes; Dabo (Lavinier 90+1), Keogh (Bernard 69), Moore-Taylor, Robson; Osadebe (Jones 80), McCann, Bunker; McAllister, Doidge, Garrick.

Referee: Ross Joyce.

Attendance: 4,491 (84 away).