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Lincoln City 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Keanu Marsh-Brown
Keanu Marsh-Brown joined Forest Green Rovers from Barnet in July 2015

Ten-man Forest Green Rovers kept up the pressure on National League leaders Cheltenham with victory at Lincoln City who have not won in nine games.

Keanu Marsh-Brown's superb long-range volley 13 minutes from time at Sincil Bank proved to be the winner.

The goal came just moments after Rovers had been reduced to 10 men following Aarran Racine's red card for a bad challenge on Patrick Brough.

Luke Waterfall had a header saved as Lincoln pushed for an equaliser.

Forest Green remain second but are now just two points behind Cheltenham while Lincoln stay in ninth, six points off the play-off places.

Lincoln City manager Chris Moyses told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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Moyses on Lincoln City v Forest Green

"I'm very disappointed. I think we played well again, we had chances again but it's getting hard to bear. We switch off for a moment and get punished.

"The buck stops firmly with me and if it's time to go I'll go, it's all down to the chairman but I've always said that if I didn't think I was doing right I would walk away.

"We're having a run of bad luck and I don't think we're getting anything from referees but I'm not going to make excuses, the results speak for themselves and ten games without a win is an alarming run of form.

"All I can say is that this group is giving all they can for the football club. I don't think we're being beaten by a lack of nous or by tactics, it's genuine mistakes."

Forest Green assistant manager Jamie Day told BBC Gloucestershire:

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Jamie Day : Forest Green assistant manager on Lincoln win

"The boys showed great character today. It was a great goal from Keanu and we had to dig in towards the end.

"There were bodies flying round in front of the ball. Lincoln play a certain way but even with 10 men I thought we were going to win it.

"We've said numerous times Keanu has got quality, it's being consistent and showing the other sides of the game like work rate as well. It was a good team performance, from one to 11 and the boys that came on, they really put in a shift and I'm really proud of them."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 18BeeversBooked at 81mins
  • 26Howe
  • 4StanleyBooked at 32minsSubstituted forEveringtonat 80'minutes
  • 25Brough
  • 5Waterfall
  • 7MuldoonBooked at 64mins
  • 2Wood
  • 12Hawkridge
  • 8PowerSubstituted forRobinsonat 64'minutes
  • 9Rhead

Substitutes

  • 13Grant
  • 14Robinson
  • 15Everington
  • 19McDaid
  • 21Sparrow

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 4CloughBooked at 59mins
  • 11FrearSubstituted forPipeat 76'minutes
  • 3JenningsBooked at 40mins
  • 19Sinclair
  • 8WedgburyBooked at 83mins
  • 16RacineBooked at 74mins
  • 20ParkinSubstituted forWilliamsat 85'minutes
  • 24CarterSubstituted forGuthrieat 69'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 9Marsh-Brown

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 10Kelly
  • 17Guthrie
  • 23Maxted
  • 26Williams
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
1,975

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Attempt saved. Callum Howe (Lincoln City) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

Bradley Wood (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Kegan Everington (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Callum Howe (Lincoln City).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Brett Williams replaces Jon Parkin.

Attempt blocked. Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Booking

Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Booking

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Lee Beevers (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Beevers (Lincoln City).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Kegan Everington replaces Craig Stanley.

Attempt saved. Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Wedgbury.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. David Pipe replaces Elliott Frear.

Dismissal

Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the red card.

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

Patrick Brough (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers).

Terry Hawkridge (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Darren Carter.

Foul by Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City).

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Connor Robinson replaces Alan Power.

Booking

Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City).

Steve Arnold (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

Bradley Wood (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Booking

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

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