Forest Green Rovers midfielder Carl Winchester insists his side are heading to Brisbane Road in search of maximum points. Rovers lost top spot last weekend and the 26 year old wants to reclaim it back. Speaking to fgr.co.uk “if we do what we’re capable of, we’re more than capable of getting three points”.
- Sit 2nd on 31 points – two off top spot
- League Record P17 W9 D4 L4 F20 A11
- Best Defensive Record in league
- Picked up seven point from last 12 available
- Not lost three in a row since March
Forest Green head to East London after dropping to second after a 1-0 home defeat to Plymouth last Saturday. Antoni Sarcevic’s first half strike saw made it back to back defeats for Mark Cooper’s men. Cooper rued his sides lack of creativity in the final third but admitted he thought they should have got a point. Speaking to fgr.co.uk “I didn’t feel we deserved to lose, we had a lot of territory but perhaps didn’t produce enough quality in the final third. We certainly did enough to get something out of the game”.
Defender Dom Bernard described the result “as a tough one to take” but acknowledged it is about how his side bounce back against Orient. The 22 year old signed in the summer highlighted his side switched off against Plymouth but revealed a week on the training ground should help his side against the O’s. Speaking to fgr.co.uk “you win and lose in football, it’s how you react, the tough games come fast so you can’t dwell on it. You review it and move onto the next one. We have a week to prepare, that’s ideal for us and hopefully it works out way”.
- Kept nine league clean sheets (five away)
- Most in League Two
- No clean sheet in last two games
- Kept two in last five games
- Kept one clean sheet in last six league games
Rovers will be looking to continue their fine form on their travels in the capital; Rovers have the joint best record away in League Two. Cooper highlighted his team can exploit spaces left by the opposition and knows the home side have to play. Speaking to fgr.co.uk “there is a little more space to play in, when we are at home, everyone camps on the edge of their box. Away the opposition have a duty to come out in front of the home fans and have a little bit of a go”.
- Away League Record – P9 W5 D2 L2 F12 A5
- One defeat in last seven away league games – W5 D1 L1
- Two losses in last four game all competitions
- Not won three away league games in a row since April
Saturday sees the first competitive meeting between the two sides and Cooper is relishing visiting Brisbane Road again. The 50 year old admitted his side are heading there to get three points, speaking to fgr.co.uk “we want to get on the front foot and try to play to get three points. It’s a great set up there, it’s a great football stadium. The atmosphere is good, a proper stadium. I am looking forward to experiencing it”.
Winchester scored the winner in his last appearance at Brisbane Road for Cheltenham back in 2017 and is keen to open his account this season. The 26 year old highlights despite Orient’s lowly position in the table, they will be raring to go on Saturday. Speaking to fgr.co.uk “it’s not an easy place to go, they lost last Saturday and are on the bounce back. It’s a tough place. I have been there a couple of times and scored with Cheltenham so was a good experience. We have set our standards now we have to maintain them”.
- Failed to score in five league games (two away)
- Failed in last two games
- Scored in three of their last four league games
- Scored in three of their last five away league games
Defender Joseph Mills is available after coming off at half time last weekend against Plymouth. Winger Jack Aitchinson will be hoping to add to his four goals in his last five games against the O’s. While midfielder Ebou Adams should start against his former club.
Last Time Out – 16/11/2019 – Forest Green 0-1 Plymouth Argyle
Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-2 Forest Green