Forest Green Rovers get back into Leasing.com action tonight, as they welcome Coventry City to The New Lawn.
Rovers got off the mark with a 3-2 win against Southampton Under 21s, while the Sky Blues beat Walsall in a penalty shootout.
What we said:
“It’s always better when you’ve won a game, and it creates a good feeling around the place,” said Mark Cooper.
“We have a young set of players so they’re naturally more robust and can churn out the games, so we’re not worries about that.
“Coventry won this competition a couple of years back and I’m sure they’ll be wanting to get there again.
“There will be some experienced Coventry players who need game time, with a blend of young players as well.”
Rovers remain without midfielder Kevin Dawson, while defenders Farrend Rawson and Matt Mills are also unlikely to feature.
Wesley Jobello was ruled out for the Sky Blues after Saturday’s defeat against Rotherham, the midfielder suffering an ACL injury.
Last time we met:
Forest Green Rovers fall to a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Coventry City.
The hosts opened the scoring inside three minutes through Jordy Hiwulu before Isaac Pearce levelled the score with 20 minutes to play.
Matt Worthington and George Williams missed the first two penalties for Rovers and from their it was an uphill climb, Dominic Hyam burying the winner to seal a 4-2 shootout victory.
It didn’t take long for the League One side to get up and running and just three minutes into the encounter they had the lead.
Hiwula capitalised on a forward header before driving towards the corner of the FGR box and firing, via a deflection, into the bottom corner of James’ Montgomery’s goal.
The 57th minute saw the introduction of Pearce from the bench and 12 minutes later he equalised for Forest Green.
Theo Archibald’s dangerous free-kick into the area was headed straight up in the air and captain Lee Collins rose highest in the area to nod towards the back post where Pearce was waiting to hed home past O’Brien.
Goal-scorer Hiwula missed the opening spot kick of the afternoon before Worthington replicated that result. The hosts then took the lead before Williams also missed from the spot.
The FGR spot kicks picked up from there but they had already built themselves a mountain to climb and Hyam slotted home the winner.
Rovers are currently undefeated in normal time against Coventry, winning both League meeting and earning a draw in the Trophy last season.
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