Accrington Stanley vs Forest Green Rovers – Preview

Forest Green Rovers travel to league leaders Accrington Stanley this weekend, with Mark Cooper’s side 7 points above the drop-zone.

Rovers are going into the last 10 games of the season and will be hoping to secure League Two survival in their first season in the Football League

Stanley will be one of their toughest trips of the season with John Coleman’s side surprisingly leading the way in League Two after a fantastic season on one of the lowest budgets in the league.

Team News 

Rovers will be without top scorer Christian Doidge due to an ankle injury, who is due to return for Tuesday’s away clash with Crewe.

Defender Dale Bennett limped out of the defeat to Notts County last time out and it remains to be seen if he will be fit for Saturday.

Stanley boss John Coleman is likely to name an unchanged side for the fourth successive game as he has a fully fit squad to select from.

Form & Previous Meeting

Mark Cooper’s side have claimed 11 points from 18 in their last six games, winning three consecutive home games before losing 2-1 last time out at The New Lawn to Notts County.

Stanley are on a great run of form in their rise to the top of League Two, winning five and drawing once in their last six games, including three consecutive 1-0 home victories which Rovers will be looking to change.

In the reverse fixture between the two sides, Seamus Conneely’s second-half strike ensured a 1-0 win for Stanley back in September.

Mark Cooper on Stanley

Mark Cooper said to the club’s official YouTube Page: “It’s a great game for us. These are the games that you want to play in. We have to gage ourselves against these top teams.

“Accrington have done fantastically well, they’ve got real momentum and they’re top of the league. It should be a great game, we played really well here in the home game and were really unlucky not to get anything from the game. We’re looking to address that on Saturday.

“They (Stanley) seem to be up there every year, they’ve had three or four years where they’ve constantly been up and around the play-offs. The year before they should have got promoted, they drew their last game against Stevenage, a win would have got them up.

“They’ve got good people there, John Coleman has been doing a great job, they got a great result last week away at Luton so we know it’s going to be a really tough game but it’s one that we’re really looking forward to and we want to embrace it.”

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