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Forest Green manager Ady Pennock: That was not the way we are meant to play at all

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

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Forest Green manager Ady Pennock felt his side failed to do themselves justice in the long-awaited derby with Bristol Rovers at the New Lawn.

The Nailsworth outfit remain unbeaten in five Vanarama Conference matches this season, yet an uncharacteristically sombre Pennock felt the presence of the BT Sport cameras may have contributed to a jittery and unconvincing display.

He said: "I thought we were poor and I'm disappointed with the way we were lumping balls forward. I've brought footballers into the club but there was no composure. I know it's early days but that was a big test for them.

"Maybe it was the big crowd or the cameras. I hate it when the television are here because it affects certain players.

"I've got to give the lads a little bit of credit because they were 1-0 down and turned it around with a good goal.

"But I don't think I can get any lower to be honest because that just wasn't us. We haven't being doing long balls and long throws in training.

"There was a little bit of pressure on us and I don't think we responded, and Bristol Rovers will be disappointed to have only come away with a point."

Pennock highlighted Sam Russell's point-blank save from Forest Green old boy Matty Taylor in the 65th minute as a turning point in the game.

Bristol Rovers were 1-0 up at the time, but the hosts were level three minutes later and might have snatched all three points when big striker Parkin was foiled by Swindon-born goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall late on.

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