Forest Green Rovers head to Notts County on Saturday looking to get their season back-on-track. Despite not losing a game in 90 minutes this season, FGR are without a league win since the opening day at Grimsby.
Rovers suffered their 4th draw of the season on Saturday against Swindon, when Christian Doidge’s opener was cancelled out by a Michael Doughty penalty.
Part of FGR’s problem this season is the lack of clinical finishers, with Mark Cooper’s side struggling to find the net so far this season, despite the mountain of chances.
Perhaps a corner was turned last night however, with Rovers scoring twice away at Wycombe – with Dale Grubb and Carl Winchester finding the net. Unfortunately, the two goals were not enough as FGR exited the competition on penalties to the League One outfit.
A cup-exit may be best for Rovers, with a number of big games approaching – starting on Saturday against winless Notts County.
County, without a manager (as of writing) find themselves bottom of the Football League, without a win in all competitions. Kevin Nolan was sacked following Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Lincoln – one name linked to the Meadow Lane job is former Leeds United midfielder and current Crawley manager Harry Kewell, but an issue regarding compensation may prevent the move.
Notts County have conceded 10 goals, in the their last three league games, including four at home to Yeovil, so if there is any game for FGR to reboot there goalscoring form we saw on the opening day, then Saturday is the day.
FGR’s defence has held strong so far this season, only conceding four league goals so far. However, two have come from needless penalties, both conceded by Robert Sanchez.
If the Green Devils are to rise up League Two, there are two things that must change. Firstly, their strike force needs to be more clinical – with only Christian Doidge finding the net more than once. Players such as Reuben Reid and Reece Brown, despite impressive performances including Brown’s Man of the Match against Swindon last weekend, need to improve their finishing. Perhaps a goal will kick-start a goal-scoring rush.
The final thing is to improve defensive mistakes, in particular those in the lead-up to the two penalties conceded. The penalty goal-keeper Sanchez conceded on Saturday was needless, and if the communication from the young loanee is improved – then these goals will be cut out. It is clear from Sanchez’s early performances in a Forest Green shirt, that the 19-year old will be a star of the future.
If Forest Green can find some goal-scoring form and cut-out needless defensive errors, I see no reason why they can’t edge their way back into the play-offs.
Notts County 0-4 Forest Green
Doidge x 2, Brown and Archibald to score