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Noah Dougherty
Friday 10 May 2019

Mark Cooper speaks following his side's excellent performance in adversity at Tranmere Rovers as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat after Gavin Gunning's early red card.

With it all still to play for, the Rovers boss says his side are going to 'go for it' in the return leg on Monday. 

A 1-0 defeat in the first leg in the semi-final of the play-offs, how would you sum up that performance?

I’m over the moon with the players and the whole club really. I’m over the moon with the supporters, the players and everyone connected with Forest Green tonight. It was us against the world tonight and we came through it with flying colours.

Down to 10 men early on, that’s a setback for any side, especially at this stage.

It is but we had a plan in place if that was to happen as to how we would play, what the system would be, what the change would be. You have to be that detailed in a play-off game because decisions can be made that are out of your hands and you have to be ready to deal with it. I thought the players were magnificent and with 10 men we still created some really good chances.

Any complaints about the red card?

He’s devastated. I still think it’s a bit harsh, the momentum has taken him into their player. I don’t think he’s really kicked out but it was what it was.

75 minutes with 10 men. They left everything out there, didn’t they?

The boys were magnificent, I’m so proud of them. I asked them to be heroes at half-time and they surpassed that. They were superheroes. Everything’s to play for. I’m sure they would have been looking to put the tie to be there but we stood firm. We were outstanding.

Is McGinley okay after colliding with the advertising boards?

Mark: He’s fine. He’s turning into a man. He came to us as a boy and he’s turned into a man. Top talent.

How good were the travelling support?

Chuffed to bits tonight with the supporters. They were outstanding, that’s the best I've seen from a Forest Green set of supporters.

You’re going to need that, and more, come Monday?

We need everybody, we’re going to go for it.