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Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Braintree Town

Dan Holman scored his fifth goal in as many games to help Braintree move to within five points of the play-off places with victory at Forest Green.

Rovers' James Norwood hit the bar before Holman put the Iron ahead from the penalty spot after Bernard Mensah was felled by Sam Russell.

Holman helped Mensah make it 2-0 after the break, with the on-loan Watford man pouncing on some poor Rovers defending.

In response, both Yan Klukowski and Paul Green fired wide.

Adrian Pennock

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Post-match: Forest Green boss Adrian Pennock

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Gloucestershire:

"They grind teams down and fair play to them, they came here and done a job on us.

"We did concede two poor goals, we really did.

"I think we were huffing and puffing and just needed a little bit of luck in front of goal. We couldn't break them down."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1RussellBooked at 35mins
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 15Oshodi
  • 16Racine
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 22Green
  • 24Kelly
  • 23BarrySubstituted forKlukowskiat 62'minutes
  • 7Norwood
  • 9WrightSubstituted forTaylorat 62'minutes
  • 29HughesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Bangura
  • 8Klukowski
  • 14Taylor
  • 26Rodgers
  • 21White

Braintree

  • 20Hamann
  • 15Massey
  • 5Paine
  • 3HaberghamBooked at 22mins
  • 19Wells
  • 11Sparkes
  • 4Isaac
  • 12DaleySubstituted forLaurentat 88'minutes
  • 17MensahSubstituted forMarksat 76'minutes
  • 2Peters
  • 10HolmanSubstituted forJakubiakat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 23Laurent
  • 27Jakubiak
  • 9Marks
  • 1McDonald
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
841

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 2.
Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).
Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).
Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).
Sam Russell (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Josh Laurent replaces Luke Daley.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Braintree Town).
Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Foul by Alan Massey (Braintree Town).
Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).
Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).
Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Braintree Town).
Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Jakubiak replaces Dan Holman.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Bernard Mensah.
Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.
Foul by Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers).
Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).
Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 2. Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Holman with a cross.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Offside, Braintree Town. Dan Holman tries a through ball, but Dan Holman is caught offside.
Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).
Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Luke Daley (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Yan Klukowski replaces Anthony Barry.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matty Taylor replaces Daniel Wright.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.
Foul by Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers).
Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Offside, Braintree Town. Bernard Mensah tries a through ball, but Bernard Mensah is caught offside.
Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).
Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town).
Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Attempt blocked. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ed Asafu-Adjaye.
Foul by Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town).
Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1.
Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).
Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers).
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