Noah Dougherty
Friday 06 September 2019

Forest Green Rovers travel to the Abbey Stadium tomorrow as they face up against Cambridge United.

Both sides are coming into the game on the back of defeats, the U’s having slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Port Vale while Rovers were beaten by Newport County.

What we said: 

Mark Cooper at home to Newport County

“We played well on Tuesday. I watched it back and I hadn’t realised how good we were. Some of the football on display was magnificent and we had over 70% possession against a Premier League team,” said Rovers boss Mark Cooper

“We’ve got some really good attacking players in my opinion, and you don’t have to be a striker to be an attacking player. Dayle Grubb, Kevin Dawson, Taylor Allen, Matty Stevens and Jack Aitchison are all good attacking players.

“You could say it’s a good time to play Cambridge because they are not on a great run of form, or you could say it’s a bad time to play them because they are due a result.”

What they said: 

Colin Calderwood at Forest Green

“We’re ready for this Saturday and the learning comes from defeats and also reminds to myself and the coaching staff where we are as a team,” said Colin Calderwood

“Going forward the group is good.

“I think the competition is healthy for places. We have to continue to have a goal threat which we didn’t have enough at the weekend, we have to put pressure on ourselves in terms of chance creation and the quality of set plays and being able to finish off the moments that happen.”

Injury news

Forest Green:

Having picked up an injury during training on Monday, Aaron Collins is set to miss out on this weekend’s fixture, while Matt Mills is also unavailable due to a hamstring injury.

Following a long absence, Liam Shephard is set to travel with the squad with eyes on a potential return in the coming weeks.

Cambridge:

Despite returning to training following a shoulder injury, Cambridge will still be without full-back Kyle Knoyle.

The U’s are also without their other full-back, Dan Jones suffering a broken foot.

Jabo Ibehre could return to the Cambridge side after a spell on the sideline with a concussion.

About: Cambridge 

A 21st place finish last time out is United’s lowest league finish since their promotion to League Two in 2014.

Colin Calderwood took the helm in December of last year, and despite a poor finish to the season, an upturn in results was noticeable for the second half of 2018/19.

The 54-year-old had an esteemed career during the 80s and 90s, playing over 300 games for Swindon Town as they rose to the Premier League, and later representing Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Calderwood also made 36 appearances for Scotland, scoring once.

Key Player: Marc Richards 

Marc Richards for Swindon Town

The 37-year-old forward penned a short-term deal with Cambridge United three days into the season and, with five games under his belt for the U’s, Richards has three goals.

He has spent the majority of the last five years at Northampton Town, before signing for Swindon Town in January 2018.

Head-to-head:

Forest Green Rovers and Cambridge United met twice a season for nine consecutive campaigns between 2005/06 and 2013/14, the U’s winning three in the league and one FA Trophy tie.

With eight wins and 10 draws from the 23 meetings, Forest Green have had greater fortune in recent years, winning the last three meetings and scoring 10 goals in the process.