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Re: Match 21 Discussion: Forest Green (A)
Posted by: Koppette
Date: 22/11/2016 09:10
Lincoln fan's take on FGR...
Every picture tells a story.
Mark Cooper's face during his post-match interview with BT was the kind of picture you want to enlarge and place on your mantelpiece. Green about the gills, sour as a sucked lemon, his omnipresent condescending smugness had been well and truly knocked into a red and white striped cocked hat. Incapable of being even a tiny bit magnanimous in defeat, Cooper was trying his utmost not to break down in front of the cameras and cry his eyes out. Instead of congratulating Lincoln on a terrific comeback - which is what Danny Cowley would have done had the boot been on the other foot - he chose to wade into poor Liam Noble as if it was entirely his fault. That little outburst reveals a manager entirely devoid of class. It also reveals a manager under extreme pressure. But if he thinks that his team lost because of one dodgy backpass, he is ignoring what was blatantly obvious to everyone else - that his team has serious problems when attacked and appears perilously close to spineless in the face of a team that wants it more. That does not bode well for Mr Vince's eco-children or for Mr Cooper: perhaps he realises that his notorious five-year deal may actually be dependent on year 2 beginning in League 2.

Now watch Sean Raggett's face when he scored, and the sheer ecstasy of his celebration with the Imps fans behind the goal. Twelve points had become nine points had become six in the space of two glorious minutes, and Lincoln were determined to enjoy every moment of it. Furthermore, compare the confidence oozing from every pore of Raggett and skipper Luke Waterfall when speaking to BT to the face we began this piece with - the sickly-looking Mark Cooper. There could not be a greater visual contrast, but perhaps those faces revealed more than just the story of a match won and lost. How Forest Green react to this may well define their season, and Lincoln's. One thing is for sure: Tranmere Rovers will have looked on with extreme interest.

Maybe the bigger match of the next month will be when we visit Sincil Bank on Dec 17th?

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