Ling laments late leveller

Nottingham Forest chairman Omar Al Hasawi has stepped down from
his role for personal reasons.

Majority shareholder Fawaz Al Hasawi will replace him in the key
position at the City Ground.

Fawaz told the club’s official website: “I would like to thank
my cousin Omar for all the hard work he has put in since I took
over the club in the summer.

“I’m looking forward to taking over as chairman and intend to
spend even more time at the club. I’m sure we will continue to go
from strength to strength.”

Dodds cancelled out Darren Carter’s opener for Cheltenham at
Whaddon Road when the ball fell into his path after a Tom Pope
header had been saved by Robins keeper Scott Brown.

“I had a chat with Louis in midweek,” Adams explained. “He was
one of the individuals I pulled to one side.

“He scored two great goals at Fleetwood and he then went 10
games where I’ve picked him and he’s not scored a goal. I was left
scratching my head a little bit with him.

“I’ve put him back in there and he has worked hard for the team
but also he’s got his goal which will hopefully kickstart him.

“When you have such a fantastic run like we did at the start of
the season you go back and look at the teams you picked and the one
person who was in the team was Louis Dodds.

“But if you are going to play up front the one thing you need is
goals.”

Northampton skipper Kelvin Langmead scored a late leveller to
cancel out Ryan Jarvis’ opener after 62 minutes.

Ling admitted: “When you concede a goal two minutes into
stoppage time after being one-up it does feel a little bit like a
defeat.

“I certainly think I had players out there, especially the two
central defenders – (Aaron) Downes and (Angus) MacDonald – and
central midfielders (Lee) Mansell and (Craig) Easton who did not
deserve that, nor did our keeper Michael Poke.

“When you think about it two minutes from the end of stoppage
time at 1-0 we were looking at being back up in the top seven but
then they scored and we are back down to 11th.

“That’s football. Michael made two tremendous stops but they got
on the end of it at the third attempt and got the goal.

“I could not have asked any more from my players, especially
considering the conditions, because it was wet out there and then
it cut up.

“It was proper winter football conditions and Northampton
chucked everything at us and we stood up to it.

“It was a real test and we seemed to have come through it. At
the start of the second half it was like a basketball match with
both teams having a go and chances at either end.

“Ryan (Jarvis) got the goal for us after good work by Danny
(Stevens) and Nathan (Craig) and I thought that would be enough
because we were playing so well all things considered.”