Hockaday is satisfied with point
BEARING the brunt of some "poor" refereeing decisions made Forest Green's 1-1 draw at Luton Town all the more satisfying for manager Dave Hockaday.
A tetchy contest at Kenilworth Road saw both teams reduced to ten men in the second half, Al Bangura following ex-Rover Alex Lawless down the tunnel.
Andre Gray's missed penalty in the first period proved hugely costly for Luton, and Hockaday – whose side remain third in the Blue Square Bet Premier – was the happier of the two managers afterwards.
He said: "Given everything that went on it's a decent point, and it means Luton don't get nearer to us in the table.
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"Away from home at this stage of the season every point is vital, so I'm pretty happy with it.
"We gave away a poor goal and to go 1-0 down in five minutes was tough, but we just kept on going and I think we deserved the draw.
"I thought we grew against Wrexham (the previous week) and we've continued that growth with regards to mental strength, durability and managing the game.
"To be fair, I thought if any team was going to nick it at the end of the game it might have been us, but a draw was a fair result."
Hockaday did not have a clear view of Bangura's dismissal, which came after the midfielder's foul on Gray sparked a mass confrontation of players near the touchline.
Somehow Gray, JJ O'Donnell and other protagonists in the spat escaped censure from referee Nick Kinseley, but Hockaday was more concerned with his own man's behaviour.
"Two wrongs don't make a right, and from I could see Al has reacted to something," he said.
"Everybody, including Luton fans, has told me O'Donnell should have gone as well, but we'll see.
"If Al has been provoked it doesn't matter. We'll have a look at the DVD and see what we can come up with."
Hockaday is hopeful he will have more options available for tomorrow night's home league match against Braintree Town after Kieron Forbes, Jamie Collins and Reece Styche all missed Saturday's draw with minor knocks.
Youth team graduate Saul Williams was a surprise unused substitute at Luton but will continue his development on loan at Bishop's Cleeve.