NEXT TIME OUT... Oldham Athletic

Matt Edwards
Friday 14 February 2020

Forest Green Rovers are back on the road tomorrow as they look to return to winning ways against Oldham Athletic.

It was a 1-0 win for Rovers in the opening game of the season, while Oldham are looking to bounce back from a heavy 5-1 defeat away to Exeter City with 10 men on Tuesday night.

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

What we said:

Mark Cooper interview pre-Crawley Town January 2020

"We have to start trusting each other again in terms of how we defend. We've got to make them see the bigger picture and show them it is being compact and tight when you're defending,” said head coach Mark Cooper.

"It's a talented group. We've hit a bad spell and we are trying to do everything we can to give the younger players a coping mechanism of how to deal with it.

“Oldham have some good players, they try to play football and roll the ball out from the goalkeeper. Dino has done well there, they're playing quite well and it will be a tough game."

What they said:

Dino Maamria Stevenage manager

"I think it is good to be back at home, we can be more expansive at home. Also, our pitch is in really good nick, we can play the type of football that we can play,” said manager Dino Maamria.

“My excitement is coming from our pitch, our fans behind us.

"It’s always tough when you have too many away games in succession. It put the pressure on but what we have to do now is regroup and go back to what we’ve been doing well. Our last two home games have been brilliant games from us."

 Injury news:

Forest Green:

Odin Bailey on the ball vs Walsall February 2020

Forest Green’s injury woes didn’t ease up this week, with two more faces spending spells on the sidelines.

Odin Bailey has been ruled out with an ankle injury, and could miss the remainder of the season according to Mark Cooper, while right-back Dom Bernard will also miss the trip to Boundary Park with a  calf strain.

Oldham:

Oldham will be without club captain David Wheater who is suspended for one game following his red card in Tuesday’s defeat at Exeter.

About: Oldham

The Latics are under new management from when we faced them on the opening day of the season.

Following the sacking of Laurent Banide, who won just one of his nine league matches in charge, former Stevenage boss Dino Maamria was appointed in the middle of September.

Maamria himself had been sacked from Stevenage following a poor start to the season, not winning any of their opening seven league games.

Form has been mixed under Maamria, but a run of six league games without defeat at the start of 2020, including back-to-back home wins over Mansfield Town and Bradford City, scoring three on both occasions, had shown signs that maybe the tide had turned at Boundary Park.

However, they have been followed by a narrow defeat to Crewe and a thumping at St James Park in mid-week by Exeter, ending the game with 10 men.

Oldham have amassed 36 points this season and sit some way above the drop zone, but will be looking to start climbing the table if they can secure all three points tomorrow.

Key man: Jonny Smith

The 22-year-old Welsh native is on a season-long loan from Bristol City and is on fine form for the Latics of late.

He has 10 goals to his name this season, with five of those coming since the turn of the year.

He went on a run of scoring in three games on the bounce against Mansfield, Bradford City and Crewe, before that run ended on Tuesday night.

He was nominated for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month and will be looking to get back on the goal trail this weekend.

Last time we met:

Forest Green Rovers got their 2019/20 campaign off to a winning start as they beat Oldham Athletic 1-0 at The New Lawn.

Nineteen-year-old Taylor Allen stepped off the bench to mark his first league appearances with a goal, smashing home the winner after 72 minutes.

After a creative corner had broken down outside the area, Matt Mills found his brother on the left and his ball round the corner saw Allen race behind the Latics backline and fire a rocket of a shot into the roof of the net.

Head-to-head:

This will be just the third meeting between the two sides and Forest Green are yet to taste defeat.

In Oldham’s first season since relegation from League One, both games ended in draws, while it was a 1-0 success on the opening day of the season for Mark Cooper’s side.

Coverage:

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