Matt Edwards
Tuesday 09 October 2018

Forest Green Rovers are back in Checkatrade Trophy action tonight when they visit League One side Coventry City and aim to confirm a place in the knockout rounds.

Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Newport County at The New Lawn, Mark Cooper and his side will have their eyes on victory at the Ricoh Arena.

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

What we said:

Tahvon Campbell vs Newport

“We’re really positive heading into the game,” said Tahvon Campbell.

“We want to try and go for the win and that will help us going into Saturday’s league game on a high.

“Everyone is really up for it and we want to see how far we can go in the Checkatrade.

“Every game is a chance for us to go and play at Wembley.”

What they said:

Mark Robins Coventry

“It’s a crystal ball at times trying to pre-empt what they are going to do,” said Mark Robins on his side’s performances after Saturday’s win over Charlton Athletic.

“But the longer it goes on the better it will be and that result and performance will do them the world of good.

“The first part of the game at Charlton was one where you think it’s 75 minutes of staying in the game, and the last 15 is what you want.”

Injury news:

Forest Green Rovers:

FGR are again injury free so Cooper will have the entirety of his squad to choose from.


Coventry were without defender Dominic Hyam on Saturday due to a concussion so he will be a likely absentee from the Coventry squad that faces up against Forest Green. Coventry are also without Jack Grimmer and Max Biamou who are both recovering from long-term injuries.

About: Coventry

Coventry City currently sit 14th in The Sky Bet EFL League One following their promotion at Wembley at the end of last season and earned a dramatic win over Charlton Athletic with goals from Amadou Bakayoko coming after 81 and 90+1 minutes at The Valley.

In the Checkatrade Trophy the Sky Blues haven’t had as much luck and currently sit second from bottom having fielded a weakened team against Arsenal U21s, losing 3-0 at the Ricoh Arena.

Key player: Amadou Bakayoko

Amadou Bakayoko Coventry

Following his dramatic brace inside the last ten minutes against Charlton Athletic last weekend, Sierra Leonean forward Amadou Bakayoko is the man to watch. The 22-year-old is currently atop the Sky Blues’ goal-scoring chart for the season so far.


FGR have only faced Coventry twice in the two clubs history, both games coming in League Two last season, and despite their promotion to League One at the end of the season The Sky Blues suffered two defeats from two at the hands of the Nailsworth side.

Last time we met:

The last match-up between the two sides took place on a cold February at The New Lawn as a Lee Collins thunderbolt handed Rovers the double over the Sky Blues.

Loanee Alex Bray opened the scoring in the first half with a simple finish after Dayle Grubb’s well-worked run and shot was pushed onto the post by Coventry stopper Lee Burge. The visitors clawed themselves back into the game from the spot but it was the uncharacteristic Collins strike the wrapped up the afternoon.


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.