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MATCH PREVIEW: FOREST GREEN ROVERS (A)

10 November 2020

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After last Saturday’s disappointing exit to Darlington in the FA Cup, Swindon Town will be travelling to face League Two Forest Green Rovers in the Papa John’s Trophy.

It was a sombre day for the Reds last Saturday, after Darlington’s Adam Campbell scored a brace to send The Quakers into the second round of the FA Cup.

Forest Green Rovers will provide very strong opposition for the Reds and have had Town’s number in the past with the Rovers beating Town 2-0 in the last match played at the County Ground before the lockdown.

However, while the defeat to Darlington was frustrating, there were still some excellent team moves and chances.

In particular Brett Pitman’s goal where the former Portsmouth striker finished off a wonderful team move involving Joel Grant and Matt Smith to bring Town level just before half-time.

The opposition:

Forest Green have enjoyed a strong start to the season, taking 21 points from a possible 33.

They are currently sitting in third place and are only trailing the automatic promotion place by two points.

However, they were also disappointingly dispatched out of the FA Cup, after Lincoln City overcame the Rovers 6-2.

Managed by Mark Cooper, they are strong in both defence and attack and have been very difficult opponents for the Town in the past.

The overall head-to-head record between the two clubs is very tight with Swindon recording four wins, while the Greens have three.

However, Swindon were not able to beat Cooper’s side last season, recording a 2-2 draw at the New Lawn Stadium and the aforementioned 2-0 defeat at the County Ground in March.

Team News:

Town will be without Dion Donohue, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Tyler Smith, Zeki Fryers as well as Jordan Lyden and Dion Conroy for tonight's match.

Tom Broadbent has been back in training and will feature at some point this evening, so too will Rob Hunt and Jordan Stevens.

Jonny Smith returns to the squad after facing a one-match ban for a red card against Plymouth last Tuesday.

How to watch:

The game is available to watch via the STFC iFollow streaming platform. Match Passes are available to buy at £10.

 


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