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Matt Edwards
Saturday 11 May 2019

Club captain Lee Collins spoke after playing an influential role from the bench in the first leg against Tranmere Rovers.

He talks about the effort put in by the players, the support from the travelling fans and how they'll approach the second leg.

Not the result we wanted but is that a moral victory for Forest Green tonight?

Yeah, certainly. We got off to a bad start. A moment of magic got their goal. We really had to dig deep. Showed a lot of character, a lot of young lads out there showed that they are real men with their performances out there.

You came on earlier than you might have assumed, how was it coming on after 15-20 minutes?

It's not something that I've done very often in my career. With the amount of quality we've got in the team, I'm thinking I might come on for ten minutes at the end to try and shut up shop. To get chucked in at the deep end is always difficult but I think we dealt with it well.

How difficult was it out there with 10 men and with the crowd behind them?

The irony is that you've got to work harder with the ball than getting it back because you're a man down so you need to move a lot more to get the ball. It is a hard shift.

Goal-line technology came into play with the goal today.

Hopefully it does me a favour one-day later in my career. It's a hell of a strike, he deserves a goal out of it, but at least we limited them to 1.

What were the messages at half-time?

Don't concede again. Shut up shop. Frustrate them. I think we did that perfectly.

It wasn't just a case of defending, you had some chances going forward. Maybe a couple of penalty shouts?

I think they're both penalties. Obviously it's the referee's decision, it's up to him. We won't rest on it. We'll go and get a goal from open play. We won't settle for a penalty.

Just over 300 fans here today, their support was fantastic wasn't it?

It felt like there was 30,000 of them in here. It was amazing, From all the boys, we can't thank them enough.

What's the feeling like in the dressing room after that result?

We like to not get too excited when we win. We don’t get too down when we lose. We're in the tie still, there's a lot of positives to take from it.

You need that kind of support on Monday don't you?

Yeah definitely, nice and vocal. I thought that was perfect.

We've seen Liverpool, we've seen Tottenham.

Forest Green? Exactly, it’s not game over yet. It's only one goal.