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Cooper lauds the impact of loan stars Davison and Bailey as Forest Green go joint top


FOREST GREEN boss Mark Cooper lauded the impact of loanee duo Josh Davison and Odin Bailey as the pair played a pivotal role in Rovers’ 2-1 at promotion-rivals Carlisle United.

Birmingham City loanee Bailey responded from being substituted on and off against Cheltenham Town on Saturday to rifle home a sumptuous free-kick to secure a victory after Aaron Collins’ penalty was cancelled out bt Gime Toure.

Cooper said: “I thought Odin was was really good tonight.

“It was very frustrating for him on Saturday and he was really upset. I had to speak to him because obviously he came on the pitch as a substitute and got brought off after we went down to 10 men so, it’s a difficult one to take but he’s been really professional in the past few days.

“He can be proud of his performance tonight.”

Meanwhile, Cooper championed the impact of Charlton striker Josh Davison who was afforded his first start since his January switch.

He said: “I thought Josh Davison was outstanding.

“I thought he led the line brilliantly, worked really hard, competed with two really big centre backs and it was a great full debut for him.”

Earlier, Baily Cargill saw his first goal for the visitors chalked off for offside.

Callum Guy upended Nicky Cadden in the box on the hour, with Collins firing in the penalty.

Toure bagged his first league goal for Carlisle as he converted Joe Riley’s cross in the 73rd minute. But Bailey’s stunning free-kick left Farman helpless two minutes later.

Offrande Zanzala headed against the post for the hosts before Farman pulled off a great save to deny Davison at the other end.

Cooper said: “It’s not our best performance but I thought we were really determined, I thought we were gritty, played some good stuff at times, and probably deserved to win.”

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