Hockaday happy with winning momentum
SIX games unbeaten and second in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, Forest Green's latest victory owed more to momentum than red-hot form.
That was the view of manager Dave Hockaday after his side saw off promoted Hyde 3-1 at the New Lawn – their third win in eight days.
Rovers were guilty of sitting on a two-goal cushion established inside 18 minutes, and the visitors ought to have been awarded a penalty even before Ryan Crowther halved the deficit in the second period.
Substitute Ben Wright's 95th minute strike finally made the game safe, the first goal the striker has managed since his switch from Braintree Town.
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Hockaday said: "We didn't play well for long stretches and yet we found a way to win the game.
"There were so many wrong decisions, but I don't want to go on about the negatives because we've had a lot of games.
"After 25 minutes we were rampant – it was 2-0 and it looked like it was going to be a cricket score.
"But then we just stopped doing what we were doing. We're very young and we showed our naivety.
"Once you get out of a groove it's very hard to get back in it, and they (Hyde) made it difficult for us.
"On another day who knows, but we've got momentum at the moment and we know how to win a game."
Hockaday expects his players to learn a valuable lesson, having seemingly been cruising thanks to early goals from Reece Styche – his third of the campaign – and Jamie Turley.
He added: "Sometimes it's good to have a kick up the backside and still come away with something.
"For 20 minutes everybody was thinking it was easy, and my young players did. They thought they could do whatever they want.
"When you're winners you stay in the groove and just nail teams, and we didn't do that. We made really hard work of it.
"It's a good lesson for us, although we are in a results business and I have to praise the team for sticking at it and winning the game."
Rovers are back on home turf tomorrow night for another league match against Ebbsfleet United.