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Will Forest Green Rovers pull off a famous playoff comeback?

Forest Green Rovers will look to overturn a one goal deficit when they play host to Tranmere Rovers in the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-finals.

Ollie Banks’ strike was the difference on Friday night as FGR battled with 10 men for a large part of the game.

Despite the first leg deficit, the bookies still fancy Mark Cooper’s side to progress, making them favourites to overcome Tranmere.

In order for the Green Devils to advance to Wembley they must channel the spirits of these comeback ghosts from play-offs past at The New Lawn:

Yeovil 5-2 Nottingham Forest (AET)

League One, 2006/07

Forest cruised to a 2-0 win at Huish Park, but complacency kicked in at the City Ground, where they contrived to ship five goals in 120 minutes. Two goals in the last 10 minutes of normal time gave Yeovil the 3-1 lead needed to take the tie into extra time.  A 109th minute winner from Arron Davies however, was enough to send the Somerset side to Wembley, where they would lose 2-0 to Blackpool.

Northampton 4-3 Bristol Rovers

League One, 1997/98

After losing 3-1 at the Memorial Ground, nobody gave Northampton a chance. However, the Cobblers won 3-0 at Sixfields where John Gayle’s late consolation strike proved vital in setting up a final date that Northampton would lose to Grimsby regardless.

Bradford 3-2 Blackpool

League One, 1995/96

Bradford allowed Blackpool to leave Valley Parade with a 2-0 advantage in the first leg. The Bantams went to Bloomfield Road needing a dramatic improvement on their first performance and that’s what they got with a 3-0 triumph before going on to seal promotion against Notts County at Wembley.

Preston 4-3 Torquay

League Two, 1993/94

David Moyes was on the scoresheet as the Lilywhites reversed a 2-0 first-leg loss at Plainmoor with a 4-1 victory after-extra-time at Deepdale. However, a hard fought performance from Wycombe in the final enabled them to twice come from behind to reach League One at Preston’s expense.

Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere

The two sides met in the 2016/17 Vanarama National League final play-off when Forest Green ran out 3-1 winners to secure promotion to the EFL. Rovers fans will be hoping for a similar performance tonight.

Forest Green won their only previous home meeting with Tranmere in the Football League 3-1 in October 2018 so the fans will be hopeful.

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