Forest Green Rovers Preview vs Port Vale (H)

Forest Green’s 4-0 demolition of local rivals Cheltenham in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy match showed that Rovers are capable of scoring without Christian Doidge, and Mark Cooper’s side will hope this can be continued for the rest of the season.

Saturday’s encounter against struggling Port Vale is the perfect time for FGR to really kick-start their play-off push.

Despite a positive start, with two wins out of three to start the season – Port Vale season has taken an unfortunate turn, losing the last three and are without a win away from home.

Although Forest Green are unbeaten in the league, they are yet to win a game at home this season, drawing against Oldham, Stevenage and Swindon. With Port Vale’s away record, something will have to give on Saturday.

Forest Green made seven changes for their ‘El Glosico’ tie on Tuesday, with many players putting themselves in contention for a league start – including striker Tahvon Campbell.

Campbell got Forest Green’s second of the game, adding to Dayle Grubb’s opener. Goals from George Williams and Issac Pearce rounded off the rout. As well as scoring, Campbell set up Williams in an impressive all-round display.

Three of FGR’s new loan signings made home debut’s in the win with Ben Morris, Nathan McGinley and Matt Worthington all coming into the side, leaving Mark Cooper with quite a selection headache.

Speaking after Tuesday’s win, Cooper said:

“We’ve always had our eye on Saturday and it’s a real difficult balance trying to pick a team that we think can win tonight and with Port Vale in mind

“When you’ve got a smallish squad, it’s quite difficult. But we had four that played last Saturday in the team so it’s a difficult balance.

“But hopefully we got it right and we look forward to Port Vale now which give us a real opportunity to go and get three points now.”

Will Cooper’s squad rotation benefit his side come three o’clock on Saturday?



With the goals coming from Dayle Grubb and Reece Brown.

Picture Credit: Forest Green Rovers


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