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Forest Green Rovers: The story of their Football League season so far

It’s very much been a mixed bag in terms of results for Forest Green Rovers so far.

Under the guidance of Mark Cooper, the Green Devils currently occupy 18th place in their first ever season in the fourth tier of English football.

August: One win, one draw and Two defeats.

The opening day of the League Two season saw Forest Green take a two goal lead against Barnet, only to be pegged back late on and draw 2-2. The result was followed by a 2-0 defeat to the pundits favourites to win the title Mansfield at the One Call Stadium.

Rovers secured their first win of the season in a 4-3 thriller at the New Lawn against Yeovil Town before being humiliated 5-1 away at Colchester United.

 

September: One draw and six defeats.

Rovers failed to win a single match throughout the whole month, picking up just one point from a possible 21 that saw them sink to the bottom of the table.

The month began with a 3-1 defeat at Wycombe Wanders before back-to-back home defeats to Exeter City and Lincoln City meant Rovers made it four successive league defeats.

Their only point came away at Port Vale in the middle of the month in a 1-1 draw.

Before this came a 2-0 home defeat to Mark Cooper’s former club Swindon Town. A 3-0 loss away at Cambridge before ending the month with a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley. A wretched run of results that really piled the pressure on Cooper and his men.

October: Three wins, one draw and one defeat.

The month of October proved to be Rovers’ best so far as they recorded three wins from their five games. The results lifted the club out of the bottom two and into 20th.

A 1-1 draw away at Notts County and a 4-0 thrashing at home to the league surprise package Newport County represented a poor start to the month for Rovers.

However, three successive wins away at Coventry, Stevenage and at home to Morecambe, along with two clean sheets in that time, saw the Green Devils climb up the table and crucially out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

November: One win and one draw thus far.

Forest Green Rovers continue to move through the month unbeaten ahead of this Saturday’s ‘El Glosico’ derby against Cheltenham Town at the New Lawn.

Rovers continued their unbeaten run with a hard-fought 1-1 draw away at Harry Kewell’s Crawley Town at the start of the month.

Their last match saw them beat Crewe Alexandra 3-2 courtesy of a stoppage-time winner from summer loan-signing Alex Lacovitti.

It’s now five unbeaten for Forest Green heading into the derby and a complete contrast of form they showed at the start of the season.

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