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The fans are angry, but they can express however they feel – Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall on 4-0 defeat to Exeter City


Defiant Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall responded to the South Stand boo-boys after his side’s 4-0 thumping to west country rivals Exeter City.

Burchnall answered the fans who were calling for his head during the game, saying: “I’ve done this for more than 10 years and I’ve managed close to 200 games, and this isn’t new –  that you lose a game and fans are angry, but they can express however they feel – I do my job and I know what I do, a lot of sacrifices go into it and I work extremely hard and I will continue to do that.”

Burchnall bemoaned referee Benjamin Speedie, feeling the two Jevani Brown penalties should have been chalked off against his injury-plagued side.

“I’ve watched both penalties back and we were hard done by,  if I’m honest –  the first penalty –  the player (Rakeen Harper) puts his head down and goes into Ben Stevenson and he kicks it off his head and the second one is a dive, but at the same time we didn’t deserve anything out of the game, but at 2-0 we had a couple of huge chances – Connor Wickham had a chance and we had one cleared off the line, but you need that goal to get back into the game.

“The league is very tight and a couple of wins and suddenly things look much better, so we need to keep positive.”

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