12:29pm Monday 7th October 2013
By Ashley Loveridge
FOREST Green boss David Hockaday launched a scathing attack on his under-achieving squad by labelling his side’s defending as ‘schoolboy’.
The pre-season promotion favourites caught the travel bug once more with yet another defeat on the road to make it a paltry three points return from a possible 15.
Hockaday said: "Our defending was schoolboy, they haven't had to work hard today for their goals and we've just gifted them three goals.”
The impressive Daniel Wishart scored either side of half-time for 10-man Alfreton as they came from behind to make it six wins from seven games and pile on more agony for Hockaday and his team.
Tom Shaw put the Derbyshire side ahead from Wishart's cross before Magno Viera equalised from close range and Matthew Barnes-Homer swept home his third goal of the season for Rovers.
Wishart netted parity just before the break with a 20-yard rocket and the striker snatched the winner from inside the box.
Alfreton finished with 10 men after Nick Fenton was shown a straight red for an over-zealous challenge on FGR folk hero James Norwood.
Earlier, a fit again Kieron Forbes earned his first start of the season in the midfield engine room and Aarran Racine and George Pilkington maintained the central defensive partnership that saw them keep a clean sheet seven days earlier against Gateshead with regular trio Jamie Turley, Dale Bennett and Eddie Oshodi sidelined.
Alfreton nosed ahead when Josh Law took the ball off Racine inside the box for Shaw to finish with aplomb.
Rovers’ riposte was immediate. The eye-catching Danny Wright nodded wide from a Jared Hodgkiss cross. Then, a Yan Klukowski near post corner dropped for Vieira, who struck from right on the goal line to get Rovers back into the contest.
Hockaday’s troops nosed ahead when Wright picked out strike partner Barnes-Homer, who fizzed home.
Rovers lost the lead on the cusp of the break- Wishart broke free to beat Sam Russell into the bottom corner.
It was that man Wishart who bagged his second after the break as he burst away from a flat-footed defence to blast the ball past Russell.
Rovers were comfy in possession but failed to create any clear cut chances.
Fenton’s red card offered them a semblance of hope, but the one-man advantage didn’t prove fruitful.
Substitute Andy Mangan blasted over from distance, while perhaps the closest Rovers would come to squeezing in an equaliser came when Norwood’s late driven ball across the face of goal was just a couple of inches too far for Wright to reach.
Hockaday added: "We've given ourselves a mountain to climb by just giving away poor goals and we can't do that. At the moment we're giving teams too many chances.”
"Things aren't going our way at the moment for us. We've got a lot to do with that because we're not making things happen and if something's going to go wrong then it's going to wrong.
"Recently, we are giving too many soft goals away; teams aren't having to work hard to score against us."
FOREST GREEN: Russell, Hodgkiss, Racine, Pilkington, Stokes, Bangura, Klukowski, Forbes (Kelly 62), Vieria (Mangan 62), Wright, Barnes-Homer (Norwood 68). Sub not used: Asafu-Adjaye, Bulman.
Forest Green visit Kidderminster on Tuesday.
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