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No personal gloating from Cooper after vital victory at struggling Grimsby

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GETTING back to winning ways was more important than any personal milestone, according to grounded Forest Green boss Mark Cooper.

Cooper racked up his 100th win as manager of Rovers who defeated struggling Grimsby Town 2-1.

“I’ve not even thought about that stat if I’m honest, I’m still trying to digest the game, ” said Cooper. “It’s just three points, I’m not bothered about anything else, it’s just about getting points at this stage of the season.”

Ebou Adams’ sumptuous second half goal, his first in a calendar year, saw the visitors deny the Mariners a share of the points after James Hanson had responded to Jamille Matt’s opener from the penalty spot.

Cooper was delighted to see his key midfielder find the net and challenged him to add more goals to his game.

He added: “I think that’s his first shot on target for a year as well so yeah, he needs to add more goals to his game.

“As a midfield player you need to be scoring between five and ten a season and hopefully that’s the first of many.”

A raft of injuries have made Rovers look somewhat threadbare, but Cooper was delighted to see captain Chris Stokes return.

He said: “He had to play because we would have had the smallest back four in the football league if he hadn’t played. When you’re playing against Hanson and Lenell John-Lewis it’s difficult, so we were pleased that Stokesy played and I thought he was very good.”

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