FOOTBALL: Mark Cooper ready for play-off chase

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper admits his side are in a good position going into the final nine games, as the Gloucestershire side sit in the final play-off place in League Two.

Rovers face Carlisle United on Saturday, who are just one point behind Cooper’s side, and the Rovers manager admits it will be a tough test.

“Carlisle are a possession-based team. They’ve been playing 4-3-3 with a false number nine. They’ve got some good players in their team so it’s another game that we know their strengths. Steven Pressley is someone I know really well from his time at Coventry, he had a really good young Coventry team. They’re really good on the ball and I’m sure that’s what he’ll be wanting to do going forward at Carlisle.”

“We make the players aware of the strengths and the weaknesses of the opposition but it does really have to be about what we do and what we do well. It’s a nine game season which we’ll take game by game. There’s no one panicking, certainly not me, and let’s see where we go.”

With Liam Shepherd back in the side, Copper admits it’s a big boost ahead of the run-in, as long as the defender stays fit.

“He’s a top player for this level. The more of your best players that you have on your pitch, the more chance you have at winning. Let’s hope we can keep him on the pitch until the end of the season.”

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