Forest Green contested a tight and well fought 0-0 draw against Nigel Clough’s Mansfield side on Tuesday evening as they remain in third spot in the League Two standings.

Both sides had their fair share of chances to snatch a valuable three points but in the end both had to settle for a point as Rovers continue their charge for promotion.

Forest Green manager Mark Cooper admitted that he was pleased with his side’s application, as he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: “I’m satisfied with the effort and the commitment which is what I asked for which is what we didn’t get on Saturday, I’m satisfied with that.

“The only thing we didn’t do tonight was put the ball in the net.”

Despite The Stags sitting comfortably below Rovers in the standings, the Forest Green boss made no qualms of admitting he was expecting a tough fixture going into the clash.

He said: “Mansfield had a right go tonight, you’re not going to expect them to roll over and let us win the game.

“They beat Cheltenham here a couple of weeks ago so it’s a really tough place, they’re a good team, they’ve got some good players.”

Taylor Allen was handed his first league start of the season for Cooper’s men after returning from a loan spell at National League North side Leamington.

The 20-year-old’s impact seemingly impressed his boss as Cooper commended the youngster’s efforts following the contest.

“I thought he was outstanding, I thought he did great,” declared the Rovers manager.

“I think when you look at Taylor you’d think he was 28 but he’s still a baby and he’s got that knack of playing in any position he wants and that’s probably held him back – we need to nail him down a position and we’re still not sure which one it is but he didn’t do himself any harm tonight.”

Forest Green next face the daunting prospect of hosting a red-hot Bolton Wanderers side that sit just two points behind them in fifth spot.

Despite the evidently clear threat they will pose, Cooper isn’t treating the game any different from the rest.

“It’s just that next game, that’s all it is,” he said. “They’ve had a brilliant run, they’ve got some good players, they’re a good team but so are we so it’s just another game for us.”

Rovers will host Bolton at the innocent New Lawn on Saturday in front of the Sky Sports cameras (kick off 12pm).

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