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Ady Pennock unconcerned by play-offs pressure at Forest Green

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

By Pete Orchard

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Outside pressure will not be allowed to stifle Forest Green’s resurgent form in the Skrill Premier, according to manager Ady Pennock.

Four wins out five matches in the space of 11 extraordinary days have breathed new life into Rovers’ season, and they are now just one point and one place outside the play-offs zone.

Pennock knows his side’s emergence from mid-table obscurity has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the division, but he is backing his players to remain focused on short-term goals and enjoy their football.

He said: “The table doesn’t lie but I don’t want to put any pressure on the team.

“Of course we have got one eye on the play-offs, but on the other side of the coin I’ve got one eye on next season.

“You’ve got to enjoy these good results, and the atmosphere and the roar from the fans at the end (on Tuesday) was fantastic again.

“This is an entertainment business and I thought we really entertained the fans, who came out in their numbers again and got behind us brilliantly.

“There haven’t been many bad games since I came here, especially at home, and I want the players to keep playing with that attitude.”

Rovers caught fellow top-five pretenders Grimsby cold with their rapid start on Tuesday night, Lee Hughes setting the tone with a brilliant mazy run and classy finish.

Eddie Oshodi’s header from a corner doubled the home side’s advantage, but Pennock was equally as satisfied with his side’s second-half resilience after Scott Neilson’s 58th strike gave the Mariners hope.

“Maybe we could have been out of sight in the first half when we hit the post and had half-chances to add to the two goals we scored,” he said.

“In the second half we knew they were going to come out all guns blazing and they did, but after they scored we didn’t half dig in we showed a lot of character against a very good footballing team.

“A little bit of panic stations set in for about five minutes but we rode that, got a bit more organised and got a very good three points.

“For entertainment, goals and goal-mouth action it was a great advert for Conference football.”

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