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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jack Fitzwater (70')
  • Charlie Cooper (39')
  • Matt Bloomfield (26')
  • Craig Mackail-Smith (42')

Father and son sent off as Forest Green fall to fifth straight defeat

Forest Green boss Mark Cooper and his son Charlie were both sent off as their side's problems mounted with a 2-1 home defeat to Sky Bet League Two promotion-contenders Wycombe.
Cooper senior was outraged when Charlie was given his marching orders in the 39th minute following a touchline clash with Wycombe midfielder Luke O'Nien and was sent to the stands by referee Antony Coggins.
Already 1-0 down to Matt Bloomfield's goal, Forest Green saw veteran striker Craig Mackail-Smith double Wycombe's lead three minutes after the incident.
Substitute Jack Fitzwater halved the deficit with 20 minutes remaining but Forest Green remain bottom, one point from safety.
Wycombe nosed ahead in the 26th minute when Bloomfield converted from Nick Freeman's cross and, shortly after the touchline melee, Mackail-Smith touched in from a Joe Jacobson corner.
Rovers had a mountain to climb after the break as Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe drew the sting out of the game.
Ten-man Rovers were calling for blood when Will De Havilland went into the book for a crude foul on Christian Doidge.
And they were thrown a lifeline with 20 minutes to go as Fitzwater planted a sumptuous strike beyond the sprawling Scott Brown from the edge of the box.
Fitzwater nearly equalised with four minutes to go, but his effort flew over the bar as Rovers fell to their fifth straight league defeat.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 20 +13 39
2 Exeter City 20 +5 36
3 Forest Green Rovers 20 +9 35
4 Cheltenham Town 19 +16 34
5 Crewe Alexandra 19 +10 34
6 Bradford City 19 +9 34
7 Northampton Town 20 +8 31
8 Colchester United 19 +7 30
9 Plymouth Argyle 19 +5 29
10 Port Vale 20 -1 28
11 Cambridge United 20 +5 27
12 Newport County 18 +2 27
13 Salford City 20 -6 25
14 Scunthorpe United 20 +1 24
15 Macclesfield Town 19 -3 23
16 Crawley Town 20 -6 22
17 Walsall 20 -11 22
18 Mansfield Town 20 -3 21
19 Leyton Orient 20 -8 21
20 Grimsby Town 18 -5 20
21 Oldham Athletic 19 -7 20
22 Carlisle United 20 -12 20
23 Stevenage 19 -9 15
24 Morecambe 20 -19 15