DISTRAUGHT Mark Cooper insists his side have been unjustly treated as their Wembley dreams nosedived.
Joseph Mills gave Forest Green the lead in this League Two play-off semi-final second leg on Monday night before Tranmere hot-shot James Norwood returned to haunt his old club to level things up.

However, the game turned after Carl Winchester’s sending off and the high-octane clash finished at 1-1 with Tranmere coming out on top 2-1 on aggregate.

Cooper fumed: “We've played half of the tie with 10 men and I don't think it's fair the way that a little club has been treated. I'm sure I'll get another phone call from PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) tomorrow saying 'we're really sorry we've let you down again'. There was nothing in the sending off.

"It wasn't meant to be. Anyone who saw those two games would say we didn't get a fair crack of the whip."
“We got off to a good start,” Cooper added. “We were on top and then our centre-backs chose to leave the best player in the league (James Norwood) unmarked in the box and if you do that, you’re in trouble”

The Forest Green chief is also looking ahead to next season where he’ll be hoping for another promotion push.

He’s keen to bring in a handful of players to do so though also stressed that some strong teams will be coming into the league.

“We have a quick break then we start again ready for another season. We’ll try and recruit well and bring in four or five good players,” he said.

“We’ve got some big teams coming into the league. Plymouth, Salford, Bradford and Scunthorpe so we’ll have to recruit well and wisely.”