Ticket info for Charlton

Matt Edwards
Tuesday 13 August 2019

Attentions turn to the Carabao Cup this evening as Mark Cooper takes his Forest Green Rovers side to Championship team Charlton Athletic.

Last season, it was a 1-0 win over Swindon Town at this stage of the competition.

Both sides head into the game with unbeaten records in their opening two league games and you can find out all you need to know ahead of tonight’s clash here.

What we said:

Mark Cooper away at Walsall

“It is great for us to be going to The Valley and playing such a good club like Charlton,” said Mark Cooper.

“They had a great season last year and the manager has done fantastically well.

“Two wins they have started with, so it is going to be a tough game.

“We go there with nothing to lose, it’s a free shot for us.

“We’ll make some changes and hopefully the boys that get the chance for us can go and show what they are about.”

What they said:

Lee Bowyer Charlton Athletic

“Sam Field will play and Jake Forster-Caskey. They are two lads that need to get minutes into them,” said manager Lee Bowyer.

“I spoke to the fitness fella at West Brom and he was saying Sam hadn’t played many minutes in pre-season. So he’s a little bit behind. I don’t want to just chuck him in the deep end because you are always getting judged. I want to try and get him some minutes. He’s a quiet lad, so I need to break him in really with the group. 

“He’ll play, Macauley Bonne will play, Chuks (Aneke) will play. There are going to be a lot of changes.”

Team news:

Forest Green Rovers:

Farrend Rawson vs Colchester

Central defender Farrend Rawson will miss the cup tie after being taken to hospital with a head injury on Saturday against Walsall.

Liam Shephard is still struggling with a knee injury that has kept him out of the first two league games.

Charlton Athletic:

Brighton loanee Beram Kayal, who joined on the final day of the Championship transfer window, has a slight injury niggle that will keep him unavailable, having missed Saturday’s game against Stoke.

Sam Field, Jakes Forster-Caskey, Macauley Bonne and Chuks Aneke are all expected to feature for the hosts, Bowyer revealed at the weekend.

About: Charlton Athletic

Charlton were promoted to the Championship last season after beating Sunderland 2-1 in the League One Play-Off Final.

The former Premier League side have got off to the perfect start to life back in English football’s second tier for the first time since 2016, with wins against Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

Former player Lee Bowyer returned to The Valley in 2017 under Karl Robinson before being made caretaker manager before being named the first-team manager ahead of last season.

Bowyer signed a one-year contract extension in the summer following his play-off success.

The Valley has a record attendance of 75,031 from their FA Cup game against Aston Villa back in 1938 putting it inside the top eight in the country.

Key Player: Lyle Tyler

Lyle Taylor Charlton Athletic

Player of the year Lyle Taylor was their top scorer last season with 25 goals in all competitions.

The former AFC Wimbledon striker saw an offer from Brentford rejected by the club earlier this summer, but it does not appear to have affected his form as he has already notched in both Championship games so far this season.

The 29-year-old caught the eye last season when he dyed his hair pink as he raised money for Cancer Research UK.

Head-to-head:

This is the first competitive meeting between the two sides and a first trip to The Valley for Forest Green fans.

Coverage

There is no video streaming available for the game, but you can listen live with our audio service HERE.

Full commentary of the match will be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire as well as through the club’s digital audio offering – FGR LIVE.

International viewers can also sign-up to our all new video streaming service.

Stay up to date on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by following @FGRFC_Official, which will have all of the team news before kick-off and updates throughout the game.