REPORT | FGR 0 Oxford United 3

Bevan Youl
Monday 04 November 2019

Forest Green Rovers U18s manager Chris Barker feels his side must work on dominating in both boxes after a 3-0 defeat to Oxford United.

Despite maintaining the ball well and creating opportunities in the box, Rovers ultimately came up short, with two Oxford goes in the final 20 minutes sealing the points.

“I think we started ok actually. The first 15 minutes we controlled the game, but we just struggled with the final-third ball and making the right choices,” said Barker.

“We had 10 final-third chances in the area, and we picked the wrong one.

“It’s just the ratio of getting the ball into the area more and that’s what we have got to be better at.”

United made the most of set pieces and crosses, including a free kick into the top left corner for their third goal, which troubled the FGR youngsters.

“We’ve got to be better defensively as well. Their third goal was a great free kick, and you hold your hand up to that, it was fantastic,” he said.

“But the other two goals, we’ve just got to do better. It just seems to be something that has happened over the past few weeks and I have got to look at it.

“Some of the possession once again is quite nice on a horrible, wet day, but we have just got to be better at both ends and when we are, those performances and results will get better.”

Rovers had a second-half penalty to get themselves back in the game, but Ollie Artwell couldn’t keep his effort down, and fired over from 12 yards.

“When you miss a penalty, it’s missing a penalty, that’s just part of football, but we had a one-on-one and we had a corner which bounced one yard outside the line,” he added.

“It comes to those scenarios where the other teams punish us, and we have got to be punishing them. We have got to start doing it.”

“If not, I don’t want the season just to drift on, or their careers as well which is obviously more important.”

FGR make the trip to Swindon Town next time out, with proceedings getting underway at 11am on Saturday, November 9.