THE FOREST GREEN manager was in no mood to defend his players following Saturday's 6-0 defeat at the hands of Wrexham. 

Boss Steve Cotterill said: “That 90 minutes sums up our season, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with that. 

“They’re better than us, let’s make no bones about it.

"We know they’re better than us – if you look at the league table every team is better than us – but fundamentally that dressing room hasn’t functioned properly all season.

“For a time I managed to breathe a bit of life into it.

"I definitely think that the fixtures we’ve had of late have been really difficult, it’s been really tough and we haven’t been good enough to beat those teams.

“I’ve said to them I hope it hurts them as much as it hurts me.”

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson was full of praise for his team, who won the National League title last season.

He said: “I’m immensely proud of the lads today because, if you look at the Tuesday performance (a 4-1 win over Crawley) and today, when it mattered most we’ve put in our two best performances of the season.

“It’s never easy with Forest Green’s low block making it difficult, but it was important we showed that we’d learned from when we played them last time and I think some of our football was of a very high standard today.

“I came into the game not expecting other results to go our way, I think that’s the best way to approach it.

“It wasn’t until about two minutes to go when my son George, who’s our analyst, gave me the rundown and obviously then you know it’s a done deal. I’m just so pleased.

“It’s a great achievement for everybody connected with the club, it really is."