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Hockaday: Points on the board could be vital as pressure starts to hot up

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

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THE luxury of points on the board can coax errors from Forest Green's promotion rivals, according to New Lawn manager Dave Hockaday.

First-half goals from Yan Klukowski and Chris Stokes proved enough for Rovers the bag all three points at Lincoln City, on a day when weather and cup commitments meant only three games were possible in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Hockaday's side have won three and drawn another of five successive away matches this month, and they sit four points behind leaders Grimsby Town after 28 matches played apiece.

The likes of Wrexham, Mansfield and FA Cup heroes Luton Town all have games in hand, but fixture congestion between now and the end of the season on April 20 could well be a factor.

Hockaday said: "It's good that we managed to play and get the three points because we've stolen a little march on everybody.

"Although others have got games in hand we've got the points on the board, and they might get three, one or none.

"It's a massive three points for us and I think we deserved to win what was a bitty game."

In control for most of the contest at Sincil Bank, Rovers saw their advantage halved with five minutes to play when Eddie Oshodi was adjudged to have deliberately handled a corner and Adam Smith converted the resulting penalty.

Lincoln appeared to have a more obvious spot-kick claim turned down moments earlier, and Hockaday was at a loss to explain some of referee Charles Breakspear's decisions.

"I couldn't believe there wasn't a red card when Reece Styche was clean through and I don't know why he gave the penalty," he said.

"Referees don't make mistakes on purpose, and there was probably a lot he got right and a lot he didn't get right.

"At the end of the day I think it was the right and fair result, so we'll just pass over that – although I would have loved us to keep a clean sheet.

"We've had five games away from home on the trot and we've got ten points, so we're averaging two points a game and that's great form.

"The performance wasn't great but we managed the key moments better than Lincoln and that was the difference in the end.

"Bizarrely I thought we played really well at Stockport the previous week and lost that game, whereas we've put in a poorer performance in many respects and nailed the moments."

Forest Green are back in league action tomorrow night at Woking, their sixth straight away fixture, before hosting Wrexham on Saturday.

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