Gallery: Westley "gutted" to drop two points in FGR match
Boro boss Graham Westley was gutted at seeing his side drop two points against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night as their 10-match winning streak came to an end. Mitchell Cole s penalty ensured Boro at least preserved their unbeaten run, which now s
Boro boss Graham Westley was "gutted" at seeing his side drop two points against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night as their 10-match winning streak came to an end.
Mitchell Cole's penalty ensured Boro at least preserved their unbeaten run, which now stands at 18 matches, to cancel out Andy Mangan's opener but Westley felt his side struggled to cope with the wet, windy conditions.
"Conditions certainly made it difficult for both sides and as a team it's the first time we've played in conditions of that type," he told The Comet
"We weren't really prepared for it - we were a bit scruffy. It was just one of those evenings that I would rather put to bed and forget about and that's really what I would like to do with it.
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"We are all gutted and I think the conditions were the big winner."
It could have been worse for Boro but for a wonderful save from Chris Day late on from Mangan's close range strike and Westley paid tribute to the former England Under-21 international for ensuring the evening was not a complete loss.
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"It was an unbelievable save. I could not believe that it didn't hit the net. I don't know how he hung on to it.
"If you've ever been in a situation where a ball is fired at you that hard from that distance then your wrists have got to be so strong to keep the ball out.
"I honestly don't know how he saved that ball - it was a wonderful piece of goalkeeping."
Westley felt his side should have had the chance to snatch all three points from the penalty spot in the dying moments when substitute Jerome Anderson looked to be impeded inside the area but, having given a slightly dubious penalty to Boro in the first half, the referee waved away their appeals.
"I thought it was a penalty - so did the boys but the referee didn't give it. He did give one in the first half - I wouldn't have been moaning if he hadn't given that one because I didn't see it.
"I thought he refereed the game well. It was difficult out there and he had a lot of decisions to make but I did think Jerome's one was a pen personally.
"But I think a draw was probably a fair result. I'm not going away from this evening feeling cheated that we didn't get the win because honestly I think a draw was a fair reflection of what went on out there.