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Forest Green Rovers’ FA Cup Dream: History in the competition, possible draw and long trip to Carlisle United

Forest Green Rovers will be in the hat for the FA Cup third round after rescuing a 2-2 draw against Carlisle United at the New Lawn.

Premier League and Championship sides enter the draw in the next stage.

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams and former Manchester City defender Micah Richards will host the FA Cup third round draw on Monday evening. Adams, who also captained England, lives in the Gloucestershire village of Coates.

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Forest Green could be in the third round of the FA Cup for just the third-ever time if they can achieve a result at Brunton Park in just over a week.

Rovers have not reached the FA Cup third round since 2009/10 when they were beaten away at Notts County. The season before, Forest Green made the third round for the first time but were beaten 4-3 by Derby County.

Forest Green Rovers head coach Mark Cooper

Rovers forced the replay when Gethin Jones scored an own goal from a dangerous Liam Kitching cross with just over 10 minutes to go as Rovers immediately pegged Carlisle back after Nathan Thomas scored his second goal of the game.

Aaron Collins initially gave Mark Cooper’s men the lead following a mistake from the Cumbrians goalkeeper Adam Collin, but Thomas scored a fine solo effort to level the game just before the half-time whistle.

In recent seasons, Rovers have struggled in the FA Cup in the last few seasons – most recently losing to 3-0 in a first round replay to Oxford United – with a second round replay defeat to Exeter City the season before.

Forest Green cruised through to the second round with a convincing 4-0 victory over non-league Billericay Town at The New Lawn.

Rovers’ trip to Carlisle will take place on Tuesday, December 10 and the winner of the tie at Brunton Park will be into the third round, with the games set to be played on the weekend of January 4, 2020.

Carlisle have just appointed Chris Beech as their new manager following the departure of Steven Pressley just days before. It was Beech’s first game as the Cumbrians’ boss on Saturday and the visitors did well against a high-flying Forest Green side.

The Third-Round

Forest Green Rovers will travel to Championship side Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round, if they manage to beat Carlisle United in the second round replay on Tuesday.

If Rovers are to get through, they will come up against the Welsh team, who are currently two divisions above them in the Football League.

This would be a massive tie for Forest Green, against opponents who were relegated from the Premier League just last season.

Full third round draw:

Leicester City vs Wigan Athletic

QPR vs Swansea City

Fulham vs Aston Villa

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

Wolves vs Manchester United

Charlton Athletic vs West Bromwich Albion

Rochdale/Boston United vs Newcastle United

Cardiff City vs Forest Green Rovers/Carlisle United

Oxford United vs Exeter City/Hartlepool United

Sheffield United vs AFC Fylde

Southampton vs Huddersfield Town

Liverpool vs Everton

Bristol City vs Shrewsbury Town

AFC Bournemouth vs Luton Town

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol Rovers/Plymouth Argyle vs Coventry City/Ipswich Town

Eastleigh vs Crewe Alexandra/Barnsley

Manchester City vs Port Vale

Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur

Reading vs Blackpool City

Watford vs Tranmere Rovers

Preston and North End vs Norwich City

Millwall vs Newport County

Crystal Palace vs Derby County

Solihull Moors/Rotherham United vs Hull City

Brentford vs Stoke City

Fleetwood Town vs Portsmouth

Arsenal vs Leeds United

Gillingham vs West Ham United

Burton Albion vs Northampton Town

Burnley vs Peterborough United

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

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