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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:

"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:

"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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Bradley Wood (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Callum Howe (Lincoln City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lee Beevers (Lincoln City).

  20. Post update

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