Matt Edwards
Tuesday 12 February 2019

Forest Green Rovers head to Swindon Town tonight in our rearranged fixture after the original date was postponed due to heavy snowfall.

Mark Cooper's side will be looking for an immediate response to Saturday's defeat to Notts County, only their second in 11 games, while Swindon will be buoyed by a 3-2 win away at MK Dons.

The two sides last met in the league in August, the honours ending up even as Michael Doughty’s penalty cancelled out Christian Doidge’s fifth-minute opener.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the game...

What we said: 

Lewis Ward first interview

"We were very disappointed with the result, it was not what we wanted and we didn't really deserve it," said goalkeeper Lewis Ward.

"We obviously wanted to win the game and got caught on the counter attack for the second goal.

"We know what we need to do tonight against Swindon and we know how we can improve ourselves.

"There has got to be a response.

"We've done our homework on Swindon and know how to counter them. We know they are a different team from when we played them in August, everything has changed and our squad has improved."

What they said: 

Richie Wellens Swindon Town

“We’re striving for consistency," said Richie Wellens.

“Everyone was confident, lively, bubbly and taking the mickey out of each other, which is what I want to see.

“I want to see a comradery between the players. I can sit here and say that, but it’s about what happens on the pitch tonight.

“If the players go out there and show that confidence and belief that we can win, then I’m sure we will be okay.”

Injury news: 

Forest Green Rovers: 

Forest Green Rovers will once again be without James Montgomery as he continues to recover from his facial injuries.

Dayle Grubb is still absent with his knee injury but is getting close to returning, but the rest of the squad remains injury free.


Swindon are still without captain Olly Lancashire who remains sidelined by by a back injury, 

Full-back Kyle Knoyle has returned to action following a concussion he received against Tranmere Rovers.

About: Swindon

We head to Swindon who are under new management from the last time we played them.

Phil Brown was in charge back in August but he was sacked with the club sitting in 17th place in League Two.

Former Oldham Athletic boss Richie Wellens was appointed in November on a deal until May next year, with Noel Hunt coming in as his assistant.

Swindon had the new manager bounce they were hoping for  when they won three of Wellens opening five games in charge but suffered a tough defeat in the FA Cup at home to non-league Woking.

Swindon’s start to the new year has been one of mixed fortunes, winning two of their five games so far. The most notable result came on a trip to Prenton Park as they played out an impressive 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers.

A 2-2 draw with table-toppers Lincoln City proved another good result but a 1-0 home defeat to Crawley Town last time out will see the Robins wanting to bounce back.

Key player: Michael Doughty

Dayle Grubb runs forward against Swindon Town in the Carabao Cup

Currently enjoying his second spell at the Wiltshire side, midfielder Michael Doughty is leading the goal-scoring charts for Town having notched 12 goals.

The 26-year-old originally joined Swindon on loan from Queens Park Rangers and was an instant success with the fans, making his move permanent last summer with a move to Peterborough in between.

He added another two to his tally on Saturday, including an audacious panenka penalty.

Last time we met: 

Forest Green and Swindon could not be separated as their West Country derby ended in a draw in League Two.

Christian Doidge opened the scoring for the hosts in the fifth minute but the Robins were level six minutes later through Michael Doughty's penalty.

Forest Green took the lead after a well-worked move saw Liam Shephard's cross fall to Reece Brown, whose shot was diverted in by Doidge.

Swindon soon hit back after Keshi Anderson was brought down in the box by Rovers goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. The referee consulted with his linesman before awarding the spot-kick, which Doughty converted.

Both sides hit the frame of the goal before half-time, with Doidge denied after latching on to Reuben Reid's pass and Steve Alzate going close on the break for Swindon.

The home side dominated possession but were unable to make their superiority count in the second half, before both sides missed chances in a frantic finish.


This will be the seventh meeting between the two sides, with Swindon just edging the stats having won three, while FGR have two wins to their name.

Swindon won both league encounters last season but FGR have beaten them in the Carabao Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy over the last two terms, with a 1-1 draw being played out in the reverse league fixture earlier this year.


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

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

There will also be key updates and team news on Facebook. Round-up the clash by checking out the club website where there will be a full report looking back on the encounter. 

Tickets are still available on the day of the game so there is still time to make the trip and support the team.