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Forest Green Rovers 2-3 Macclesfield Town

Paul Lewis

Substitute Paul Lewis headed a stoppage-time winner as Macclesfield secured a fifth win in their last six matches with victory at Forest Green.

Matthew Barnes-Homer gave Forest Green an early lead with a 12-yard effort.

Macclesfield hit back through Steve Williams before the break and Danny Whitaker struck the visitors' second.

Yan Klukowski levelled from the spot after keeper Rhys Taylor brought down James Norwood before Danny Andrews' cross was headed home by Lewis late on.

Forest Green have now lost six of their last seven games.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"They are absolutely devastated. There are some players with blood on their shirt. They have given everything and I know nobody would argue with that.

"We've come up with a very simple conclusion that as hard as we work, we've got to work harder. There is no simple solution to this. It's a game we feel we should won.

"They are so distraught and desperate to do well for the shirt and Forest Green Rovers.

"I am really disappointed, I feel for my players and staff, they are giving me everything and I'm asking for more. I'm the leader, people look to me and I have to stay strong, which I will."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 3Stokes
  • 27Pilkington
  • 15Oshodi
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 23BarrySubstituted forKoromaat 90+4'minutes
  • 24Kelly
  • 10VieiraSubstituted forKlukowskiat 61'minutes
  • 18Barnes-HomerBooked at 52mins
  • 9Wright
  • 30ManganSubstituted forNorwoodat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Klukowski
  • 7Norwood
  • 20Koroma
  • 11Forbes
  • 13Bulman

Macclesfield

  • 1TaylorBooked at 67mins
  • 12WilliamsBooked at 58mins
  • 26HallsSubstituted forBoltonat 32'minutes
  • 3AndrewBooked at 75mins
  • 6Turnbull
  • 7Mackreth
  • 23Whitaker
  • 2Connor
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forBodenat 72'minutes
  • 8JenningsSubstituted forLewisat 80'minutes
  • 11Winn

Substitutes

  • 14Gnahoua
  • 19Boden
  • 15Lewis
  • 5Bolton
  • 24Rowe
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
1,181

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Koroma replaces Anthony Barry.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 3. Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

  16. Post update

    Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by James Bolton (Macclesfield Town).

  18. Post update

    James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries a through ball, but Matthew Barnes-Homer is caught offside.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Connor Jennings.