Noah Dougherty
Friday 12 October 2018

Forest Green Rovers are once again in League Two action tomorrow as they make the trip to Northampton Town and aim to claim all three points and continue their unbeaten run.

Following Tuesday’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Coventry City in the Checkatrade Trophy, Mark Cooper and his side will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

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

Mark Cooper at Coventry City

What we said:

“We’re looking forward to it, they are a big club and it’s a nice stadium. It will be a little different with the 2 o’clock kick-off time but it should be good,” said Forest Green boss Mark Cooper.

“I think it is important that when you are asking players who aren’t in the team to keep their attitude right and be ready that you do give them game time to keep them at it so we did that the other night and the majority of them did very well.”

“Northampton have a deep squad full of quality and the manager has steadied the ship. Keith Curle knows what he’s doing and when you have the attacking options that they do they are always a threat.”

“We’re fully aware of their threats so I will give the players all the information on Northampton that they need so it’s about concentrating on doing what we’ve done so well so far.” 

Keith Curle

What they said:

“There is a framework in place, but we still need to earn the right to play the free-flowing attacking football that we want,” said new Cobblers boss Keith Curle.

“We are still putting the building blocks in place and once we have done that we can become a little more intricate.

“We want the supporters to be a part of what we are trying to do and hopefully they will enjoy coming on board with us.

“We want to include them on the journey we’re on and the more people who get on board the wave then the longer you can ride it.”

Injury news:

Forest Green Rovers:

FGR remain injury free this week, with Joseph Mills returning to the squad following the birth of his son, so Cooper will have the ability to pick anyone from within his squad.

Northampton:

Following their game against Oxford United in the week, Daniel Powell is being assessed ahead of tomorrow’s game. Additionally, Leon Barnett, Ash Taylor and Junior Morias remain side-lined and unavailable for selection due to injury problems.

About: Northampton

Having only appointed new manager Keith Curle 10 days ago, the Cobblers have picked up two draws and a Checkatrade Trophy win from three games.

Despite sitting in 22nd in the league table, things look to be on the up and the unbeaten spell under their new boss demonstrates his clear ability to set a team up well. Curle intends to bring an free-flowing, attacking style to his side’s performances and as a result Roves boss Mark Cooper has stated that his side are ‘probably playing Northampton at the wrong time.’ 

Kevin van Veen

Key player: Kevin van Veen

Striker Kevin van Veen is currently leading the Northampton Town goal-scoring charts for the season with four goals to his name.

The Cobblers signed the Dutch striker for an undisclosed fee in January 2018 from Scunthorpe United.

The Dutchman who scored 23 goals in 71 starts for the Iron, started his career in the PSV Academy before moving to FC Oss ahead of his switch to England in 2015.

Last time we met:

Northampton ensured there would be no FA Cup upset as they swept aside Forest Green Rovers to reach the second round.

John Johnson's spectacular 25-yard volley put the Cobblers ahead and Steve Guinan rounded keeper James Bittner to make it 2-0 before the break.

Rovers were handed a lifeline when Reece Styche was brought down in the box by Ben Tozer, but Chris Dunn made a fine save from Styche's spot kick.

Sub Michael Jacobs then latched on to Craig Armstrong's pass to seal the win with 15 minutes left to play. 

Head-to-head:

The two sides have met just once in the above-mentioned FA Cup game but this will be the first time that FGR will make the trip to The Sixfields as both sides look to get their first league win over the other.

Coverage:

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.